MEXICO PRESENTS ITS HIGHEST AWARD TO FORMER CONGRESSMAN BILL FRENZEL
CO-FOUNDER, ECONOMIC CLUB OF MINNESOTA
Washington, D.C., October 20, 2014 - Today former Congressman Bill Frenzel (R-MN) was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest award Mexico confers on foreigners. Also receiving the award was Bill Daley, former Sec. of Commerce, and former Chief of Staff to President Obama.
Presented by Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora on the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Award recognizes the work done by Frenzel, a Republican, and Daley, a Democrat, who served as Special Assistants to President Clinton in 1993 to secure passage of the NAFTA legislation in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.
Frenzel also received the Order of the Rising Sun Award, the Gold Star and the Silver Star from the Emperor of Japan in 2000 for his many years of work in enhancing and expanding trade between the US and Japan.
In January, 2014, he received the Economic Club of Minnesota’s first annual Champion of Free Trade Award in Washington, D.C., for his lifetime commitment to expanding the global trading system.
Frenzel served in Congress from 1971-1991, where he was the ranking minority member on the House Budget Committee and was the principal Republican economic spokesperson in the House. He was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and its Trade Subcommittee, and was a congressional representative to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Geneva for fifteen years. As noted above, in 1993, he served as a volunteer Special Advisor to President Clinton for NAFTA.
In 2001, President Bush appointed him to the Social Security Commission, and in 2002, to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), which he chairs. In January, 2005, he was appointed to President Bush’s Tax Reform Commission.
He is presently a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington. He is a founding board member of the Economic Club of Minnesota and has served on numerous other boards, including Eurasia Foundation, chairman of the US Steering Committee of the Transatlantic Policy Network, co-chairman of the Center for Strategic Tax Reform, co-chairman of the Bretton Woods Committee, co-chairman of the Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget, chairman of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care, a member of the Executive Committee of the Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Tax and Investment Center.
Frenzel received his B.A. and M.B.A. from Dartmouth College and served as a Naval Officer during the Korean War. Frenzel and his wife, Ruthy, are the parents of three daughters and grandparents of two perfect grandchildren.
Bill Frenzel receiving the Order of the Aztec Eagle Award from Ambassador Medina Mora
L-R: Mark Olson (former Fed Governor on ECOM Board), Craig Shaver (ECOM Board, former Frenzel staff), Tim Penny (Former Congressman, ECOM Board), Spencer Shaver (Student, GWU), Bill Frenzel, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Mark Kennedy (former Congressman, ECOM Board Chair)
Bill Frenzel with Former U.S. Trade Represenative Ambassador Carla A. Hills