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Mat t i eHunt er I l l i noi sSt at eSenat or Maj or i t yCauc usWhi p 3r dLegi s l at i veDi s t r i c t St at eSenat orMat t i eHunt er( DChi c ago–3r dDi s t r i c t )hass er ved i nt heI l l i noi sSt at eLegi s l at ur e s i nc e2003.Shei spr es ent l yt heChai r per s on of t he Human Ser vi c esCommi t t ee;Vi c eChai r per s onoft hePubl i cHeal t hCommi t t ee;amemberof t heExec ut i veandAppr opr i at i ons1Commi t t ees . Shehol dst hel eader s hi ppos i t i onofMaj or i t y Cauc usWhi p. Herappoi nt ment si nc l udeRac i al Et hni cI mpac tTas kFor c e ( CoChai r ) , Counc i lonAgi ng, Ti c ketf ort heCur eAdvi s or yBoar dandt he Di abet esCommi s s i on.Senat orHunt erwasappoi nt edt os er veonThe Nat i onal Conf er enc eofSt at eLegi s l at ur esHeal t hCommi t t ee, i sCoc hai r ofTheCounc i l ofSt at eGover nmentHeal t hPol i c yTas kFor c eands i t son numer ousheal t hc ar eagenc i esandc ommi t t ees . Anat i veChi c agoan,Senat orHunt erat t endedMonmout hCol l ege,I l l i noi s( B. A.–Gover nment )andJ ac ks onSt at eUni ver s i t y,Mi s s i s s i ppi( M. A. –Soc i ol ogy) .I n2008,Senat orHunt erwast hec ommenc ements peaker atMonmout h Col l ege and wasawar ded an Honor ar yDoc t or at e of HumaneLet t er s . Senat orHunt erhasbeenr ec ogni z edf orhermanyac c ompl i s hment sby s ever alor gani z at i onsac r os st hec ount r y.I n2006,s hewasappoi nt eda Li f et i meFel l ow oft heNat i onalAc ademyofPubl i cAdmi ni s t r at i onand namedLegi s l at oroft heYearbynumer ousor gani z at i onsi nt hefiel dof heal t hc ar e,yout h,c hi l dwel f ar e,andeduc at i ont onameaf ew. Senat orMat t i eHunt eri samemberofAl phaKappaAl phaSor or i t y,I nc . ( Thet aOmegaChapt er ) ,Et aPhiBet aSor or i t y( Al phaLambdaChapt er ) , Cent r alCr edi tUni onofI l l i noi sBoar dofDi r ec t or s ,t heHeal t hPol i c yI ns t i t ut e’ sNat i onalAdvi s or yCommi t t eeoft heJ oi ntCent erf orPol i t i c al andEc onomi cSt udi esofWas hi ngt on, D. C. , WomenI nGover nment , NOBEL/ Women, Conf er enc eofWomenLegi s l at or s , I l l i noi sLegi s l at i veBl ac k Cauc usandnumer ousot herpr es t i gi ousor gani z at i onsandc ounc i l s . Senat orMat t i eHunt erhass er vedasVi c ePr es i dentoft heHumanRes our c esDevel opmentI ns t i t ut e,I nc .( HRDI )( 19822000)andManagi ng Di r ec t orf ort heCent erf orHeal t handHumanSer vi c esi nJ ohannes bur g, Sout hAf r i c a( 19941996) . Legi s l at i vel y,whi l ec r eat i ngvar i ousboar ds andc ommi s s i ons ,s hehaspas s edover200bi l l si nt hear easofs oc i al s er vi c es ,behavi or al&heal t hc ar e,s oc i alj us t i c eandeduc at i on.

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I ti st r ul yapl eas ur et owel c omeyourt r ade mi s s i on t o Bahr ai n.Bahr ai n hasmade a c onc er t ed effor t t o c r eat e a bus i nes s f r i endl yenvi r onmenti n or dert o at t r ac tf or ei gni nves t ment .Thes eeffor t sr es ul t edi nas i gni ngoft heFr eeTr adeAgr eement( FTA)bet weent heUni t edSt at esand t heKi ngdom ofBahr ai ni n2006–oneoft he mos tc ompr ehens i veFTAsevernegot i at ed byt heU. S. Theec onomi cadvant agesoft heFTAc ont i nuet opos i t i vel yi mpac tt he t woc ount r i es .Cons i dert hef ol l owi ng:i n2005bi l at er alt r adebet ween t heUni t edSt at esandBahr ai nac c ount edf oronl y$782mi l l i on; i n2012, s evenyear saf t ert heFTAwenti nt oeffec t ,t henumberhasmor et han doubl edt o$1. 9bi l l i on. Muc hoft hi sgr owt hhasc omef r om ani nc r eas e ofU. S.expor t st oBahr ai n, whi c hmor et hant r i pl edf r om $350. 8mi l l i on t oover$1. 2bi l l i on.Iam c onfidentt hatAmer i c anc ompani eswi l lc ont i nuet odomor eandmor ebus i nes swi t hBahr ai n. Commer c i al oppor t uni t i esaboundi nBahr ai nf orAmer i c anbus i nes s es , bot hi nBahr ai ni t s el fandf ort hos ei nt er es t edi neas yac c es st ot he l ar gerGCCmar ket .Myt eam andIs t andr eadyt os uppor tyouont hi s mi s s i on. Si nc er el y,

ThomasC.Kr aj es ki Ambas s ador Embas s yoft heUni t edSt at es Manama,Bahr ai n


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