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Fowler West Biographical Sketch

Fowler West served more than 20 years on Capitol Hill, where in addition to serving as Administrative Assistant to former Rep. Poage and Staff Director of the House Committee on Agriculture under Chairman Poage and former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, he worked on major agricultural, conservation, rural development, credit, nutrition, foreign food aid programs, and several major farm bills.

Fowler left Capitol Hill to serve two terms as a Commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where his work focused on a system of self-regulation in the futures industry, customer protection, alternate dispute resolution, coordination with state securities regulation, and financial literacy in public schools.

Upon completing his second term, Fowler became Executive Director of the North American Securities Administrators Association, an organization of state securities administrators. There, he promoted a more cooperative and co-regulatory relationship with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other national securities industry organizations.

In 1996, Fowler joined The Washington Group, working on a variety of issues, including environmental protection, agriculture and securities regulation. He then joined Clark & Weinstock in 2008 through a merger with The Washington Group, the former lobbying unit of top-10 public relations firm Ketchum.

In January 2001, he was the recipient of the Steward of the Everglades Award, presented by the Everglades Coalition, for his work in the passage of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan legislation. He also was awarded the Congressional Staffer of the Year Award in 1977.

Fowler has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Baylor University; a Master of Arts from George Washington University; and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University of Law Center. He is married to Anne Smith Paine and they have three sons.