Senator Pat Roberts

The senior U.S. Senator from Kansas, Pat Roberts has represented Eisenhower’s home state for 40 years in the Congress. He joined the Eisenhower Memorial Commission upon its creation and stepped into the Chairman’s role in April 2015.

Roberts was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1980 from Dodge City, part of the “Big First” District. He served eight terms before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996. Senator Roberts currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, which makes him the first member of Congress in history to have chaired both the House and Senate Agriculture Committes.

Roberts is also a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Ethics Committee. He previously served as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Prior to public service, he served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. Today, he is the most senior Marine in the Congress. 

Pat Roberts is a fourth generation Kansan. He was born in Topeka and graduated from Holton High School and Kansas State University. He is the son of the late Wes Roberts, who was chairman of the Republican National Committee under President Eisenhower. Roberts received the Eisenhower Leadership Prize from the Eisenhower Institute in 2004. As EMC Chairman, Roberts is honored to lead the dedication of the memorial for Kansas’ favorite son.

Representative Mike Thompson
Vice Chairman

Mike Thompson joined the Commission in 2013. He represents California's 5th Congressional District. He was first elected in 1998.

During the Vietnam War, Thompson served in combat with the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade where he was wounded and received a Purple Heart. He was also an instructor at the Army’s Airborne School.

Thompson was the first Vietnam veteran elected to the California State Senate, representing the 2nd District and chairing the powerful Budget Committee. In the U.S. Congress he is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence.

Thompson is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Wine Caucus, member and former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, and member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

Senator Joe Manchin III

As the senior Senator for West Virginia, Joe Manchin III was sworn into the United States Senate on November 15, 2010, to fill the seat left vacant by the late Senator Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving U.S. Senator.

Manchin is a member of the Democratic Party and former Governor of West Virginia (2005 - 2010) and former Secretary of State of West Virginia (2001 - 2005).

Senator Manchin currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and also serves on the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs - four critical committees that tackle the important work of addressing our nation's energy needs, overseeing discretionary spending, standing up for our Veterans, and defending our nation.

Senator Gary C. Peters

Elected in 2014, Senator Gary Peters is honored to represent the State of Michigan in the U.S. Senate. He was appointed to the commission in 2015.

Peters graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Alma College, an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Detroit Mercy, a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School and an M.A. in Philosophy from Michigan State University with a focus on the ethics of development. He also earned a diploma from the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College.

Gary's father served as an Army 1st Lieutenant in Europe during World War II and his mother is a French war bride. Gary volunteered for the U.S. Navy Reserve at age 34, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Peters served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the people of Southeast Michigan.

In the 116th Congress, Peters serves as Ranking Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.

A fifth-generation Michigander, Peters and his wife, Colleen, live in Oakland County and have three children.

Senator Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan was sworn in as Alaska’s eighth United States Senator on January 6, 2015.

Senator Sullivan serves on four Senate committees: the Armed Services Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Veterans' Affairs Committee; and the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Sullivan has worked to pass numerous bills related to rebuilding and modernizing our country’s military, promoting responsible resource development, reining in federal overreach, expanding benefits for our veterans, and helping those who are most vulnerable, including victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Senator Sullivan served as Alaska’s Attorney General and Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Senator Sullivan served in the George W. Bush Administration as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business and as a Director in the International Economics Directorate of the National Security Council staff at the White House.

He is currently an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, were he was recently promoted to Colonel, and is Chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI).

Senator Sullivan holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and a joint Law and Masters of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

He and his wife, Julie Fate Sullivan, reside in Anchorage, Alaska, and have three daughters.

Representative Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.

Sanford Bishop joined the Commission in 2011, during his tenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Georgia's Second Congressional District. 

Representative Bishop was first elected to Congress in 1992 after serving in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977 to 1990 and in the Georgia Senate from 1991-1992.

Bishop graduated from Morehouse College in 1968 and from Emory University Law School in 1971.

Since 2003, Representative Bishop has served on the House Committee on Appropriations. At the start of the 116th Congress, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.  He also serves on the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee as well as the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. 

Representative Michael K. Simpson

Michael Simpson was appointed to the Commission in 2011, during his seventh term in the United States House of Representatives.

He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998. Representative Simpson represents the 2nd district of Idaho and serves on the House Appropriations Committee.

He is Ranking Member of the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee and also serves on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee.

Simpson was a dentist before being beginning his career in politics on the Blackfoot City Council in 1980. Prior to his election to the U.S. House, he served in the Idaho Legislature, where he was Speaker for six years.


Representative William M. "Mac" Thornberry

Congressman Mac Thornberry is a fifth-generation Texan and lifelong resident of the 13th District of Texas, which he represents in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mac is currently the Ranking Member (top Republican) of the House Armed Services Committee.  He served as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee from January 2015 to January 2019, the first Texan of either party to hold this position.

In a time of unprecedented security challenges, he is committed to ensuring that the United States has the military capability and agility to protect the nation and our interests around the world.  He believes that the men and women who serve deserve to have the best training, equipment, and support that our country can provide.

Widely respected as an innovator and strategic thinker, Mac has consistently been on the leading edge of critical national security issues, has written widely on defense matters, and appeared on all major cable and network television channels providing congressional insight on national security issues.

Mac previously served in the Reagan Administration as Deputy Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, as a Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, and practiced law in Amarillo, Texas.  Mac’s family has been ranching in the 13th District since 1881 – a family business in which he continues to participate.  

Mac graduated from Texas Tech University and received a law degree from the University of Texas. His wife, Sally, is also a native Texan. They have two children.

Senator Robert J. Dole

Senator Bob Dole serves as special counsel in Alston & Bird’s Legislative & Public Policy Group in the Washington, D.C. office. The 1996 Republican nominee for president and former U.S. Senate majority leader is one of the most sought-after advisers in the public policy arena.

A renowned statesman who spent 35½ years in Congress, Dole was first elected to Congress from his home state of Kansas in 1960 and to the U.S. Senate in 1968. He gained national prominence as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971 to 1973. In 1976, President Gerald Ford tapped him to be his vice presidential running mate. He served as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 1981 to 1985. Elected Senate majority leader in 1984, at the time of his retirement Dole held the record as the nation’s longest-serving Republican leader – a record he held for 22 ½ years.

Dole has received national acclaim for his leadership on behalf of the disadvantaged and disabled. He is a major spokesman on issues involving veterans, hunger and nutrition, agriculture, and men’s health. He is respected on both sides of the aisle for his views on bipartisanship, deficit reduction, economic growth, and health care, and for his mastery of foreign affairs.

Alfred Geduldig

A principal in the firm of Geduldig & Co., LLC, and a senior consultant with Fleishman Hillard, Inc, Mr. Geduldig is an executive in the fields of corporate communications and public affairs.

He joined Mobil in 1964 and became an architect of its public relations and issues advertising programs. In 1974 he was named Vice President, Public Affairs, for GAF Corporation, leaving in 1977 for a business venture. In 1983, he joined Travelers Corporation as Vice President, Corporate Communications. He has been a member of the Private Sector Advisory Council for USIA and the communications advisory committee of the Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program.

Susan Banes Harris

An attorney and legislative affairs specialist, Ms. Harris graduated from American University Law School. She was Director of the Washington Action Office of the NY Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

Afterwards, Harris became Assistant Director of the Staffing Unit for the Clinton-Gore transition team in 1992. Subsequently, she served as Washington Representative of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as a consultant for Heidepriem & Morgan, Inc., and the Hadassah Washington Action Office.

Catherine Ann Stevens

An Alaskan and attorney with Mayer Brown LLC in Washington, DC, Catherine Stevens has held positions as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, District Attorney for the 4th Judicial District in Fairbanks, Alaska, and General Counsel for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Stevens has served on many philanthropic boards including: The Kennedy Center, WETA Public Television, The Peregrine Fund, Ford’s Theater, Friends of Cancer Research, and Washington Bach Consort. She and her late husband, Senator Ted Stevens (a World War II veteran), have long supported the legacy of President Eisenhower.