Donald Cravins, Jr. - Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
Along with liberty and justice, business is at the heart of what is most valued by Americans. The ability for anyone to start and grow a thriving business is at the core of the American spirit. Our United States is the wealthiest nation and leader of innovation within every industry on earth because of our respect for and encouragement of new American entrepreneurs. Although there are many signs that certain areas of global business are thriving, the unfortunate fact remains that millions of Americans are under employed. Creating jobs and new business opportunities around the world is the primary focus of our current government and the most important factor that will enable another generation of American success and leadership around the globe.
There are many American political dynasties with high profile members with a presence in our capital city. There is one individual in particular that plays a crucial role in the future of businesses and entrepreneurship in America, Donald Cravins Jr
., Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
. Mr. Cravins is from the great state of Louisiana
and serves at the pleasure of fellow Louisianan and chairperson of the committee, Senator Mary Landrieu
. Mr. Cravins and Senator Landrieu have something else in common; they are both related to sitting Mayors. Senator Landrieu’s brother, Mitch Landrieu
, is the current Mayor of New Orleans
, and Mr. Cravins father, Donald Cravins Sr
., is the current Mayor of Opelousas, LA
Prior to coming to Washington, Mr. Cravins was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives at the same time his father served in the Louisiana State Senate, the only father and son in Louisiana history to serve at the same time. Mr. Cravins would eventually be elected himself to serve in the State Senate prior to coming to Washington after his term ended in 2009. Mr. Cravins has made it a priority to make a lasting contribution to the community during his time in Washington, along with his vital duties on Capitol Hill, he has become a part-time professor at The George Washington University, College of Professional Studies.
US Ambassador to Switzerland and a congressional staff delegation led by Mr. Cravins that visited Switzerland in 2010. Left to right: Ambassador Donald S. Beyer; John High; Brian Vanhook; Donald Cravins, Jr.; Matthew Walker; Meredith West; Donald Businger; and Wallace Hsueh. Photo courtesy of the US Embassy Bern, Switzerland.
The rapid pace and paradigm changing effects of globalization are overwhelmingly determined by American business, finance, and entrepreneurism. Small businesses make up more than 99.7% of all employers, account for more than 50 percent of the nonfarm private GDP, and create 75 percent of the net new jobs in our economy. In effect, small business is the heart and soul of American life and the US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has chief responsibility of overseeing the Small Business Administration and issues related to small business and entrepreneurship in the US. Over the past year under the administrative responsibility of Mr. Cravins the US Senate wrote, debated, and passed a monumental bill including the Small Business Lending Fund, which will beginning in April inject $30 Billion into small community banks for lending to veterans, minorities, women and other small business owners.
US Senator Mary Landrieu & Donald Cravins Jr. at the White House when the Small Business Lending Fund was signed into law by President Obama.
The daily actions of Mr. Cravins and his staff are at the vital point where business and government come together to foster and create meaningful industrial growth. As the White House and Congress come together in a new political season to make lives better for all Americans, Power Source recognizes and commends the crucial role that Mr. Cravins will continue to play to ensure that the US Senate does all that it can to protect and expand the fundamental American ideal of free enterprise.