Capitol Hill

2002 elections

The November 2002 elections brought much change to Washington, D.C. And NRCA found reason to celebrate election results because the midterm elections were successful for its political action committee, ROOFPAC, which raises and spends funds to support Congressional candidates. Nearly 90 percent of ROOFPAC's 78 candidates won and received 87 percent of ROOFPAC's total contribution of $161,000.

In addition to making contributions to candidates, ROOFPAC provided grassroots support in several key races. For Sen. James Talent (R-Mo.), ROOFPAC hosted a construction industry lunch in Kansas City, Mo., and dinner in St. Louis. The events took place June 28, 2002, and were followed by Talent's July 17, 2002, appearance during NRCA's Midyear Meetings. A similar effort was made for Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.). On Aug. 22, 2002, ROOFPAC co-hosted a construction industry lunch in Minneapolis with the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Roofing Contractors Association and Twin Cities Roofing Contractors Association. Similarly, ROOFPAC co-hosted a dinner with the Kentucky Roofing Contractors Association Aug. 27, 2002, in Louisville for Rep. Anne Northup (R).

From left to right: Greg Perkins, president of Performance Roof Systems Inc., Kansas City, Mo.; Sen. James Talent (R-Mo.); Eric Kirberg, vice president of marketing for Kirberg Roofing Inc., St. Louis, and chairman of NRCA's Government Relations Committee; and Chris Boland, president of The Quality Roofing Co. Inc., Kansas City.

ROOFPAC's efforts helped provide a margin of victory for Talent, who won his closely contested race by 1 percent against former Sen. Jean Carnahan. ROOFPAC also added impetus to Coleman's victory against former Vice President Walter Mondale and Northup's win against Jack Conway.