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FMI honors Anne McGhee Curry with Woodard Award

Friday, January 25, 2013  
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The 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.

"Anne 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), Sarasin noted.

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.

"There 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.

Curry 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

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