Swelling the Ranks of Entrepreneurs on Capitol Hill
A recent piece on the ‘You’re the Boss’ blog on NYTimes.com profiles the 33 small business owners and entrepreneurs who will serve in the 112th Congress. The number is an increase over the 111th Congress – which either had 11 (if you count Robb Mandelbaum’s NYT numbers) or 24 (if you listen to Raymund Flandez of the Wall Street Journal, who included investors in his count). The number would reach even higher if it included the entrepreneurial merits of those who run professional practices -- such as doctors, lawyers, accountants, and consultants (it doesn’t).
Mandelbaum’s list includes one U.S. Senator, Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin who co-founded and co-owns Pacur, a specialty polyester and plastics manufacturer. The 32 others in the House share at least one more thing with Johnson – party affiliation, all are Republicans.
What will that mean for entrepreneurship and innovation policy in the next few years? Stay tuned.