David Certner is the Legislative Counsel and Director of Legislative Policy for Government Relations and Advocacy at AARP. He has been with AARP since 1982, and serves as counsel for the Association’s legislative, regulatory, and policy efforts at the federal and state level, as well as for litigation opportunities before the courts. Prior to assuming his current role in 2007, Mr. Certner had served as Director of AARP’s 25 person Federal Affairs shop, where he headed up all federal legislative and regulatory activity. In both roles, Mr. Certner has testified numerous times before both Congress and regulatory bodies, and has made frequent appearances on TV, on radio, as well as in print publications.
Mr. Certner also served as chairman of the 1994 ERISA Advisory Council of the Department of Labor, and was appointed as a delegate to the 1998, 2002, and 2006 National Summits on Retirement Savings. He is currently a member of BNA’s Pension and Benefits reporter advisory board. Mr. Certner, an attorney, received his law degree from the National LawCenter at George Washington University.
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The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)
• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University
• Patricia Smith / Guest Moderator / College of Government and Social Sciences, Southern University
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