|Name||Beryl F. Anthony, Jr.|
El Dorado, Arkansas , United States
|| February 21, 1938
Feb 21, 2021 12:30pm
|Info||Beryl Franklin Anthony, Jr. |
Beryl Anthony is a veteran with 14 years of service in Congress. A native of El Dorado, Arkansas, he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. Vice president of his freshman class, Mr. Anthony also was a founding member of the Sunbelt Coalition, a group that monitored the legislative impact upon southern states. After just one term, Mr. Anthony won a coveted seat on the Ways and Means Committee, a powerhouse that shapes federal tax policy. He also served on the Oversight and Trade Subcommittees as well as the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Anthony pursued a variety of important issues. In the 1980s, he played a major role in restructuring the Social Security trust fund. He championed legislation for improved rural health care, for which he was given awards by both the Arkansas and American Hospital Associations. He completed his tenure with a focus on international trade, working on the North American Free Trade Agreement and on legislation for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
Mr. Anthony's dedication to public service and effective government was demonstrated with the 1988 foundation of the Anthony Public Finance Commission. Composed of mayors, governors, local government officials, and members of the finance community, this bipartisan commission recommends legislation that enables local governments to better finance the building of roads, schools, hospitals, and wastewater treatment facilities. The commission's Arbitrage Relief Provision, enacted in 1989, substantially lessened the borrowing costs for infrastructure investments. Mr. Anthony and three House colleagues formed the Infrastructure and Public Finance Caucus in order to bring special recognition to these important issues. In 1992, as a result of his legislative contributions, Mr. Anthony received awards from the National Association of Bond Attorneys and the Public Securities Industry.
In 1987, Mr. Anthony was honored by his fellow House Democrats by being selected as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. As chairman, he helped Democrats increase their majority in the House, gaining seats in 1988, winning eight out of ten special elections in 1989, and again winning seats in 1990. When Mr. Anthony resigned from the DCCC, the Democratic leadership held a 100?seat majority in the House of Representatives.
Prior to his congressional career, Mr. Anthony served as assistant attorney general for Arkansas and as prosecuting attorney for the 13th Judicial District. He received a B.A./B.S. in 1961 and a J.D. in 1963 from the University of Arkansas.
In January 1993, Mr. Anthony became a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn. His clients have included major trade associations, governmental entities, and national and multinational corporations. On Capitol Hill and before the White House and executive agencies, Mr. Anthony has worked on matters involving health care reform, Superfund, trade relations with China, tax law changes affecting pharmaceuticals, authorization and funding of major weapons systems, and a host of other issues. He currently serves on the board of directors of Beverly Enterprises.