2010 Domenici Conference Speakers

Kay Bailey Hutchison


In 1993, Texans elected Kay Bailey Hutchison to the U.S. Senate in a special election, making her the first — and, to date, the only — woman elected to represent the state in the Senate. In 2000, she received more votes for her re-election to a second full term than any other statewide candidate had ever received. And in 2006, she was again re-elected by an overwhelming margin.

Sen. Hutchison is the senior Republican on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Additionally, she serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and the Committee on Rules and Administration. In the 110th Congress, Sen. Hutchison served as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. Sen. Hutchison is a member of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) National Advisory Committee, and she is chairman of the West Point Board of Visitors.

Robert R. Davis


Bob Davis is the executive vice president for mortgage markets, financial management and public policy for the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C. There, he oversees policy and advocacy for mortgage markets, government sponsored enterprises, tax and accounting, financial management, mutual institutions and other policy issues.

He also developed and oversees the ABA NASDAQ community bank stock index. He serves as consultant to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors for its Thrift Institutions Advisory Council, which he has managed since 1993. Prior to the merger of America’s Community Bankers with the ABA in 2007, he was executive vice president and managing director of government relations at ACB, where he directed legislative, regulatory and political advocacy and had served since 1993.

Davis was appointed by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate as Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he served from 1984 to 1990.

Diane Denish


A lifelong New Mexican, Diane D. Denish was born and raised in Hobbs, a small town in the southeastern corner of the state. Her parents were active in public service and they taught her the values of family, faith and giving back to the community.

Denish earned her degree at the University of New Mexico, started a family and ran a successful small business in Albuquerque for 12 years. She says she learned firsthand what it means to make payroll, balance a budget and succeed during tough economic times.

After serving as the chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, she was elected the state’s first female lieutenant governor in 2002. She says she’s running for the state’s highest office to create new jobs, bring about the reform we need, strengthen our education system and clean up Santa Fe.

For more information about Denish, including her full biography, visit http://www.dianedenish.com.

Sam Donaldson


Sam Donaldson is an ABC News contributor with more than four decades of experience at the network. He served two appointments as chief White House correspondent, covering Presidents Carter, Reagan and Clinton. Donaldson also co-anchored, with Diane Sawyer, “PrimeTime Live” from 1989 until it merged with “20/20” in 1999.

He co-anchored the ABC News Sunday morning broadcast, “This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts,” and hosted “The Sam Donaldson Show — Live in America,” a daily news/talk radio program broadcast on ABC News Radio affiliates across the country. In the three-hour show, Donaldson tackled the day’s top stories – getting comment from newsmakers, engaging listener calls and inserting his own unique experience and opinion.

Most recently, Donaldson hosted the 20-minute show “Politics Live” on ABC News Now, an unscripted dialogue with numerous guests discussing the top political news stories of the day.

Thomas Hoenig


Thomas Hoenig is the chief executive of the Tenth District Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve System’s Open Market Committee, the key body with authority over national monetary policy.

Hoenig earned a bachelor’s in economics and mathematics from Benedictine College and a master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University. He joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 1973 as an economist. He was named a vice president in 1981 and senior vice president in 1986. He has served as an instructor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and lectured on the U.S. banking and regulatory system for the People’s Bank of China.

Hoenig is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and serves on the boards of directors of Midwest Research Institute and Union Station.

Thomas O. Hunter


Thomas O. Hunter retired in July 2010 as president and laboratories director of Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories, with principal sites in Albuquerque and Livermore, Calif., is managed by Lockheed Martin Corporation for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Hunter joined Sandia in 1967 and became president in April 2005. His responsibilities included managing the laboratories’ $2.3 billion annual budget and approximately 8,400 employees.

In May, DOE Secretary Steven Chu appointed Hunter as lead of the federal government’s scientific team that has worked with BP officials to develop and analyze solutions to the BP oil spill. That work is continuing.

Before assuming his role as Sandia’s director, Hunter served as the labs’ senior vice president for defense programs. In that capacity, he led the Defense Programs Strategic Management Unit, including roughly 60 percent of the labs’ annual budget.

Joe Lockhart


Joe Lockhart is a founding partner with The Glover Park Group which specializes in media relations and political strategy. He previously served as press secretary for former President Bill Clinton from 1998-2000. He is now a political analyst and commentator.

From 1991-1995, Lockhart was executive vice president at the firm Bozell Sawyer Miller where he advised a range of high-profile corporate and institutional clients, including Microsoft, Coca-Cola and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Before joining the White House in 1997, he was national press secretary for the Clinton-Gore 1996 reelection campaign. He was the deputy press secretary for the Dukakis-Bentsen 1988 presidential campaign, traveling with the nominee.

An award-winning journalist, Lockhart has held key positions at SKY News of London, CNN and ABC News. At SKY Television News, Lockhart served as foreign producer for Europe’s first 24-hour television direct broadcast news service.

Susana Martinez


Susana Martinez is the district attorney for the 3rd Judicial District in Dona Ana County, a position she has held for 13 years. In 2009, Martinez entered the race for governor of New Mexico, pledging to cut wasteful spending, lower taxes to create more jobs, end “pay-to-play” practices and other corruption in government and fight to reform education.

The New Mexico media has referred to her candidacy for governor as a “game changer” and the Las Cruces Sun-News said that she is “someone with real credentials to handle the job of governor.”

Susana was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and has made Las Cruces her home since the mid 1980’s. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and later earned her law degree from the University of Oklahoma.
For more information about Martinez, including her full biography, visit http://www.susanamartinez2010.com.

Sam Nunn


Sam Nunn is co-chairman and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. He served as a U.S. senator from Georgia for 24 years from 1972 to 1996.

Nunn attended Georgia Tech, Emory University and Emory Law School, where he graduated with honors in 1962. After active duty service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he served six years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He first entered politics as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1968.

His legislative achievements include the landmark Department of Defense Reorganization Act, drafted with the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, and the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which provides assistance to Russia and the former Soviet republics for securing and destroying their excess nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

Karl Rove


Karl Rove, a Fox News contributor, served as deputy chief of staff and senior adviser to former President George W. Bush. He is also a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek.

At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs. He was also deputy chief of staff for policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

Before Rove became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes and non-profit groups. His clients included more than 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden.

A Colorado native, he attended the University of Utah, the University of Maryland-College Park, George Mason University and the University of Texas-Austin.