Senator Fred Thompson to speak at SIA Government Summit

The Security Industry Association announced this week that former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson will be the keynote speaker at the SIA annual Public Policy Dinner on June 19 at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C.

According to a statement, the dinner is a "highlight" of the SIA Government Summit, which is being held June 19-20 at the Embassy Suites Washington Convention Center Hotel. The summit will kick off on June 18 with a Congressional Reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building. Opening remarks on the 19th will be followed by panel discussions on post 9-11 procurement; public safety from an end-user perspective; the future of access and ID management; working with foreign governments; a briefing on contracting and procurement within the defense and intelligence communities; and connecting with state and local government.

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994, Thompson served as chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Finance Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to his election, Thompson maintained law offices in Nashville and Washington. Earlier in his career, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tennessee. In 1973, he was appointed by Sen. Howard Baker to serve as Minority Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee where Thompson first gained national attention for leading the line of inquiry that revealed the audio-taping system in the White House Oval Office. He detailed his Watergate experience in his Watergate memoir, At That Point in Time. In 1974, after the Watergate hearings concluded, Thompson returned to the practice of law.

Thompson first appeared on screen in the film Marie in 1985, portraying himself in the fact-based story of a high-profile public corruption case he handled in Tennessee. Since then, he has appeared in numerous movies and television programs, including No Way Out, In the Line of Fire, Die Hard II, Days of Thunder and The Hunt for Red October and the television series China Beach, Wiseguy, and Matlock. Recently, he has become known for his portrayal of New York District Attorney Arthur Branch on the Emmy Award-winning NBC drama, Law & Order.

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