Alfred K.Whitehead Legislative Conference

March 6-9, 2022 • Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill • Washington, DC

The 2022 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference will be a held from March 6-9, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

At the Conference, you will learn about IAFF priority legislation and have the opportunity to advocate directly with legislators on key federal issues, including legislation impacting your jobs, health and safety, and economic security.

The Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference has long been the cornerstone of the IAFF’s legislative efforts. Over the years, The IAFF has won many significant victories – from establishing the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program that promotes safe fire ground staffing, to ensuring the first responders of 9/11 receive the healthcare they deserve, establishing a national fire fighter cancer registry, to defeating legislation designed to undermine our members’ defined benefit pensions – due in large measure to the work of local IAFF leaders at this Conference.

The 2022 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference will be held from March 6-9, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

NOTE: Washington, DC, has lifted its citywide vaccination mandate. No proof of vaccination will be required to attend.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 IAFF Legislative Conference!


3:00-6:00 p.m.
Registration – Regency Foyer

6:30-7:30 p.m.
16th District Roundtable – Columbia A


7:00-8:30 a.m.
Breakfast – Hall of Battles

7:00–9:00 a.m.
Registration – Regency Foyer

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
General Session – Ballroom 

  • Welcome
  • Remarks – General President Edward Kelly
  • Presentations on Federal Legislative Issues
    Shannon Meissner, Director, Government Affairs
    – Evan Davis, Deputy Director, Government Affairs
  • Keynote Address
    – The Honorable Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), U.S. Senator
    – The Honorable Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), U.S. Representative
    – The Honorable Tim Moore (R), Speaker, North Carolina House of Representatives
    – The Honorable Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY), U.S. Representative
    – The Honorable Steny Hoyer (D-MD), U.S. Representative
  • Presentation on Lobbying
    – Samantha Gaines, Staff Assistant, Governmental Affairs

1:30-4:30 p.m.
General Session – Ballroom 

  • Political and Legislative Strategies at the Local Level
    How to Run a Ballot Initiative or Referendum (A.J. Stokes, Partner, JVA Campaigns)
  • Keynote Address
    – Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor & Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
    – The Honorable J.B. Pritzker (D), Governor of Illinois
  • What Works and Why: Success Stories From the Field
    – Scott Mullins, President, Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of North Carolina
    – Barbara Sellers, President, Shreveport Fire Fighters Association, Local 514
    – Andrea Hall, President, South Fulton Professional Fire Fighters, Local 3920
    – Brian Albaugh, President, Greenville Professional Fire Fighters, Local 1976
    – Andy Moore, District Service Representative, Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association
    – Jeff Buddle, President, Professional Fire Fighters of Maryland
    – The Honorable Sara N. Love, Esq. (D-16); Maryland House of Delegates
  • Panel Discussion: Midterm Election
    – Tim Regan, Board of Directors, Republican Main Street Partnership
    – J.B. Poersch, President & CEO, Senate Majority PAC


8:30 a.m.
Reception With Members of Congress – Ballroom 

11:00 a.m.
Collective Bargaining Rally on Capitol Hill – Union Square 

Lobbying on Capitol Hill

Meeting Availability With Governmental Affairs and Political Department Staff

12:00-5:00 p.m. 
IAFF Office – Regency Foyer



Please read carefully and be mindful of certain restrictions due to COVID-19.

The IAFF Legislative Conference affords attendees the unique opportunity to lobby their legislators in Washington, DC. We encourage all registrants to schedule meetings with your members of Congress as soon as possible and well in advance of arriving in Washington, DC. Registrants should be aware of rules restricting Capitol access due to the pandemic.

  • Congress will be in session during the Conference, but some congressional offices may only be taking virtual meetings. Contact your members of Congress to inquire as to their status.
  • External visitors are not permitted in the congressional office buildings without an escort. You will need to provide the names of meeting attendees to each office, and each attendee will be required to show ID to enter the buildings. Some offices will have limits on the number of external visitors who can attend a meeting.
  • All visitors entering House office buildings must wear masks and are strongly encouraged to wear N95 or KN95 masks; masks are not required in the Senate office buildings but are strongly encouraged.
  • Specific offices may require other restrictions.

Due to the unique rules and restrictions currently on Capitol Hill, registrants should schedule their meetings well in advance of arriving in Washington, DC. Walk-in meetings are not permitted.

To schedule meetings with your members of Congress: Call your legislators’ Washington, DC, offices directly and ask to speak to the scheduler or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be transferred to your member of Congress.

Please try to make your appointments for Tuesday, March 8.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234
$335/night plus taxes

Flight Information

Book your flights using the code NMV7J or call the Delta Meeting Network® at 1 (800) 328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMV7J. *Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via the reservation 800 number.

Book online or call the United Reservations Meetings Desk at (800) 426-1122 and enter the offer code ZKGZ800902 in the box to receive your discount.

The 2022 Fire Fighters Legislative Issues Book helps you educate your members of Congress about the policy issues affecting America’s professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel. Hard copies will also be available onsite.

Download the 2022 Fire Fighters Legislative Issues Book