Insights from the RRVA March Trip to Washington, D.C.

The Red River Valley Association March trip to Washington, D.C. was full of strategies and productive conversations. Each meeting was intricately connected to distinct water resource challenges specific to the Red River Valley across multiple states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Executive Director, Emily Mott, held discussions that delved into the environmental, regulatory, and socio-economic factors influencing water management strategies and conservation efforts tailored to the diverse landscapes and communities within each state.
In addition to the meetings highlighted in the photos below, Emily met with the following offices:

Stetson Bryson, Sr. Legislative Assistant for Ronny Jackson (TX), Anderson Tran, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Garett Graves (LA), Tim Cocher, Legislative Assistant to Senator Ted Cruz (TX), Savannah Bolender, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Pat Fallon (TX), Zach Kensinger, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Tom Cole (OK), Bryce Slagell, Legislative Correspondent for Senator James Lankford (OK).

Emily Mott and Ron Anderson, Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Bill Cassidy (LA)
Tyler Levins, Sr. Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Julia Letlow
Photo taken on Speaker Mike Johnson’s ceremonial balcony after productive coffee reception
Jules “Jay” Hurst, Legislative Director and Defense Advisor for Speaker Johnson (LA)
Mark Malone, Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Bill Cassidy (LA)

Left to Right:
Jamie Pinkham, Principal Deputy Assistant, Secretary of the Army for Civil Works;

Colin Brown, Executive Director, Red River Water Way Commission;

Michael L. Connor, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works);

Chris Collins, Director – Waterways, LADOTD;

Emily Mott, Executive Director, Red River Valley Association

Whitehouse tour hosted by the staff of speaker of the house, Mike Johnson
Attended the National Waterways Conference in Washington D.C.
Congressional Update with Speaker Johnson
Meeting with Savannah Bolender, Legislative Assistant for Congressman Pat Fallon (TX)
Miles Bolin, Legislative Assistant for Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR)
Met with Daniel Burgess, Legislative Director for Senator John Boozman (AR)