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August 25, 2008

For Immediate Release Contact:           Julie Horton

August 25, 2008                                                                                              (864) 467-5717



(Greenville, SC) The Rotary Club of Greenville will play host to U.S. House of Representatives member Gresham Barrett as the club’s guest speaker on Tuesday, August 26.  The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in downtown Greenville, with Congressman Barrett’s address beginning at 1:00pm.

Congressman Barrett will discuss the state of Congress, as well as issues important to the Upstate.

“Although he represents the 3rd District, Congressman Barrett still is an asset to the Greenville community,” said Rotary Club of Greenville President Jason Elliott. “He is a go-to guy for all of us in the Upstate and a respected leader for South Carolina in the House.”

Gresham Barrett was sworn in as a member of the 108th Congress on January 4, 2003.  Following the most recent Congressional elections on November 7, 2006, Barrett was returned to his Congressional House seat and sworn into the 110th Congress in January 2007. Currently, Congressman Barrett serves on the Budget Committee, the House Committee on Financial Services, the House Committee on International Relations and Ethics Committee. As elected, he maintains his conservative base advocating military efforts, safe and secure U.S. borders, fewer tax burdens, increased energy independence, strong families, and individual freedoms.

Barrett graduated from The Citadel in 1983 and then served four years in the Army. He then served three consecutive terms in the South Carolina State House of Representatives and served on the Education and Public Works Committee, Labor Commerce and Industry Committee and Rules Committee. Prior to being elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2002, he managed the family-owned Barrett’s Furniture in Westminster, S.C.

Barrett also has served as President of the Westminster Rotary Club, Chairman of the Oconee County Boy Scouts, President of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Oconee County Red Cross, member of the Oconee Kids Do Count Board, and as coach of the Barrett’s Furniture Pony League baseball team. Congressman Barrett is a native and current resident of Westminster, South Carolina. He is married to his high school sweetheart Natalie, and they are the proud parents of three children.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

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