Fall Election May Bring Another CPA to Congress

The American Institute of CPAs is rooting for Republican Mike Conaway, a CPA who is expected to win election to the Texas 11th Congressional District.

The AICPA said it supported Conaway in his desire to win a seat in Congress and introduced him to the Washington political community. If Conaway wins the general election in the fall, he would bring the total number of CPAs in Congress to five, joining Clay Shaw (R-Fla.), Colin Peterson (D- Minn.), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Mark Kennedy (R-Minn.).

Conaway has taken on leadership roles in the accountancy profession. He was appointed to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy by then-Governor George W. Bush in 1997 and served as chairman for more than five years. He also has served as a board member of the Texas Society of CPAs and is the immediate past chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

"The AICPA and the profession's leadership gave me financial support and visibility in Washington — early in my campaign — which gave me credibility and exposure that helped sustain me over the long run," Conaway told the AICPA.

"AICPA members should make a contribution to the profession's political action committee. There are serious issues facing the profession in Congress and all CPAs can benefit by the election of pro-business candidates. A few dollars a year, from all of the CPAs, would be a very strong collective voice in the halls of Congress."

Attorneys are clearly the most popular segment of professionals in Congress. The accounting profession, if Conaway is elected, would trail physicians at six members of Congress and tie engineers at five.

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