The Business Council of Alabama (BCA) announced former United States Representatives Trey Gowdy, R-SC, and Joe Cunningham, D-SC, will join the organization’s annual “Evening for Progress” as the keynote speakers. The event will take place on November 1, 2023, in Birmingham with proceeds supporting ProgressPAC, BCA’s political arm.
“BCA is proud to welcome former U.S. Representatives Gowdy and Cunningham – two notable political leaders who hold a proven track-record of fighting for pro-job, pro-growth policies at the national level,” said President and CEO Helena Duncan. “Those of us who call Alabama home have witnessed the significant economic progress we’ve made over the years and have enjoyed the benefits as a result. If we want to see our state reach its full potential, then we must be well-equipped and stand ready to support pro-business candidates across Alabama.”
Trey Gowdy served South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District from 2011 to 2019. Since leaving public office, Gowdy has returned to practicing law and rejoined the esteemed Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. He also serves as a Fox News contributor and Sunday night primetime host.
Joe Cunningham represented South Carolina’s First Congressional District from 2019 to 2021. During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Cunningham was part of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats on Capitol Hill. He was the Democratic nominee for South Carolina governor in 2022 but was defeated by incumbent Republican Governor Henry McMaster in the November election. Before running for public office, Cunningham practiced law and co-owned a small business.
The South Carolina congressmen will discuss the current state of political affairs and their experience on Capitol Hill. They join an impressive list of past Evening for Progress speakers, ranging from United States President George W. Bush to NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.