Sen. Lisa Baker (standing, top right) asks a question of (from left) White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Ivanka Trump, an adviser to the president, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Linda McMahon, who heads the Small Business Administration, during the White House Empowering Women Symposium.
Sen. Lisa Baker (above) recently had the chance to take the views and concerns of the 20th Legislative District to the White House after being invited to a policy forum involving top women serving in the Trump administration.
The White House Empowering Women Symposium, held Jan. 16, provided an opportunity to learn about several of the president’s initiatives and examine some national issues with significant state and local impacts.
Baker joined other select female officials and business owners in a jobs and economy panel moderated by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, where questions were posed to Ivanka Trump, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Linda McMahon, who heads the Small Business Administration.
“They seem very committed to moving legislation that will help our area, from investing in infrastructure to combating the opioid crisis to better matching graduates and workers with good jobs,” she said.
During a brief stop, President Trump thanked participants for their input stating, “Women are half the population, but care about 100 percent of the issues.”
Baker was encouraged by the experience.
“There was a clear understanding that Washington does not have all the answers,” she said. “And a recognition that the federal government can help pave the way to productive action by engaging states and local communities.”
As the chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Baker said meeting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma was also a highlight.
“We had a positive discussion about how Pennsylvanians can benefit from changes being made at the federal level,” she said. “I am looking forward to hearing more of her ideas.”
Baker is hopeful the dialogue will continue.
“I was glad to be part of this conversation,” she added. “Any opportunity to learn from other female leaders and make connections that could prove helpful in problem-solving is productive for everyone.”
Sen. Baker had the chance to meet and discuss issues with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma (left) while in Washington.