Cantwell, Murray visit Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

On Monday, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber provided opportunities for businesses to speak with two United States Senators in one day. The Chamber hosted an advocacy breakfast held at the Pacific Grill Events Center with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (below) and then an afternoon session for a small group of business leaders with U.S. Senator Patty Murray at the Chamber office.

At the advocacy breakfast attended by about 100 people, Sen. Cantwell spoke on priorities such as access to capital under the Small Business Jobs Acts and expanding infrastructure improvement lending for roads and freight while highlighting accomplishments like the ASARCO cleanup and airborne tanker jobs. Sen. Cantwell also took questions from the audience.

At the Chamber’s afternoon advocacy session, Sen. Murray largely listened to comments from a group of business representatives. Sen. Murray asked about the business climate. Points raised included not losing sight of the multiple deficits in education and a skilled workforce while working on options for people who have lost jobs but are starting new businesses.

“We are honored to host both U.S. Senators here in Pierce County – meeting with businesses and looking at how we can work together to create jobs,” said Tom Pierson, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President & CEO.

To view photos from Monday’s advocacy events, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page online here. For information on more upcoming Chamber events, visit and click on the “Events Calendar” tab.

Sen. Murray (far left) with Toby Murray, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Chair. Sen. Maria Cantwell (right). (PHOTOS COURTESY TACOMA-PIERCE COUNTY CHAMBER)