WASHINGTON, DC – Majority Whip Roy Blunt (MO) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) hosted a Capitol Hill lunch today in honor of Jack Valenti, former long-time Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America. Earlier today, MPAA President and CEO Dan Glickman announced that the Association’s Washington, DC, headquarters would be dedicated as The Jack Valenti Building.
“I am honored to be a part of today’s events honoring Jack Valenti,” said Hoyer. “Mr. Valenti helped guide one of our most important industries through decades of great change and challenges, and he has earned the honors that he is receiving today.
“The motion picture industry generations billions of dollars for our economy and employs hundreds of thousands of Americans. For 38 years, Jack Valenti was an ambassador for this industry educating Members of Congress on its accomplishments and contributions, as well as the threats it faces. Both with Mr. Valenti and the new MPAA leadership, I have worked to protect intellectual property, which is an issue of great importance to the entire entertainment industry. Pirating of copyrighted creative materials is a threat to our economy and to our nation’s creative culture, and I continue to seek ways in Congress to protect our country’s creative community,” added Hoyer.
"I'm pleased to honor Jack Valenti, a good public servant and a tireless advocate for his industry," Blunt said. "The MPAA today honors him with the naming of their headquarters, and we in Congress feel his legacy as we work hard to address some of the issues he championed. I was so glad to hear that MPAA will join us in supporting the Central America Free Trade Agreement. MPAA realizes how important this agreement is for the movie industry, providing zero tariffs on all movies, music, consumer products, and software. CAFTA will also protect America's entertainment industry by ensuring market access for films and TV programs over a variety of media and deters piracy and counterfeiting."
Jack Valenti Biographical Information
Jack Valenti served as the movie industry leader for 38 years. During his tenure, he led the American film and television industry as it confronted change in the United States and abroad.
Texas born, Harvard educated, Jack Valenti has led several lives: a wartime bomber pilot, advertising agency founder, political consultant, White House Special Assistant, and movie industry leader.
In 1952, Valenti co-founded the advertising/political consulting agency of Weekley & Valenti. In 1955 he met the man who would have the largest impact on his life, Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson. Valenti’s agency was in charge of the press during the visit of President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson to Texas. Valenti was in the motorcade (six cars back of the President) in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Within an hour of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Valenti was aboard Air Force One flying back to Washington with the new President as the first newly hired Special Assistant to the President.
On June 1, 1966, Valenti resigned his White House post to become the third man in MPA’s history (founded in 1922) to become its leader.
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