Langevin Invites Taco Comfort Solutions’ John Hazen White, Jr., to the State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON-- Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today announced that he has invited Taco Comfort Solutions’ chairman, chief executive officer and owner John Hazen White, Jr., to the President’s State of the Union Address. The State of the Union is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, in Washington, D.C.

“One of my chief priorities in Congress has been to ensure that workers have the necessary skills to succeed,” said Langevin, who co-chairs the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus with Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA). “John Hazen White, Jr., my guest for the State of the Union, has been a leading force for creating opportunity for Rhode Islanders through advocacy, business and philanthropy. John personifies the Ocean State’s tenacious entrepreneurial spirt having played an important role in strengthening our manufacturing industry with a strong commitment to developing systems and partnerships for employee education and training.”

“Congressman Langevin has been a leader on Career and Technical Education, which is central to rebuilding Rhode Island’s manufacturing economy,” said White. “Investments in skills training pay immediate dividends for both businesses and workers. Through our business, my family has dedicated a lot of time and effort to opening doors for Rhode Islanders by supporting their growth and advancement. It is an honor of a lifetime to be invited to attend the State of the Union.”

Langevin co-led the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act with Congressman Thompson in 2018. The bill aimed to lay the groundwork for increased collaboration between industry and schools to ensure employers have access to the skilled workforce they need. He also introduced the Retain Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence Act to encourage businesses to retain retiring employees long enough to train the workers taking their place. In the coming weeks, the Congressman will introduce legislation to support the development of a workforce to meet the nation’s growing infrastructure needs.