FMI honors Anne McGhee Curry with Woodard Award
Friday, January 25, 2013
Food Marketing Institute honored one of its own, Vice President of Government
Relations Anne McGhee Curry, with the Glen P. Woodard Jr. Award for her
contributions to public affairs over the last three decades. Curry will retire
from FMI at the end of this month.
Curry has represented the industry on Capitol Hill for 34 years, has led and
grown the FMI political program, and has effectively worked with both sides of
the aisle and both sides of Capitol Hill while maintaining a stellar reputation
through the many legislative battles she has faced,” said FMI President and CEO
Leslie G. Sarasin. "This has all seemed to come naturally to Anne as she is one
of the very few lobbyists remaining in Washington who is truly bipartisan.
Curry began her career in the front office for a member of Congress on Capitol
Hill. Her diplomatic skills were further developed working over the next
several years for Louisiana’s former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston (D) and
Mississippi’s Congressman Sonny Montgomery (D) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R),
She is a renowned political strategist, working over her career on issues as
diverse as nutrition assistance, energy, trucking and product tampering. Curry
led a team of seven lobbyists when she was promoted to FMI’s vice president of
legislative and public affairs in 1998. Curry worked on the Motor Carrier Act
of 1980, specifically on backhaul provisions, a significant piece of transit
language that helped save diesel fuel and reduced the upward pressure on food
prices. In 1982, she worked with former Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) to pass a
bill that defined product tampering as a federal offense, helping to identify a
significant gap in the law that protected retailers and consumers from a rash
of adulterated products. In 2003, Curry testified before the Senate on the
reauthorization of the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and
Children (WIC), a program that would enable users to stretch their WIC dollars,
broaden their access to products and stores, and make it easier for retailers
to serve them — all at no additional cost to taxpayers.
is such divine justice to Anne’s receiving the Glen P. Woodard Award, as she
walked side-by-side with Glen Woodard on Capitol Hill for two decades until his
death in 1995,” Sarasin said.
remains an anti-hunger advocate, serving on the advisory council for Common
Threads, a non-profit organization that teaches low-income children the
nutritional benefits and an appreciation for culturally diverse cooking.
Anne McGhee Curry