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Cal Dooley

Cal Dooley is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Food Products Association (FPA), formerly the National Food Processors Association.

The Food Products Association is the largest trade association serving the food and beverage industry in the United States and worldwide.  FPA’s laboratory centers, scientists and professional staff provide technical and regulatory assistance to member companies and represent the food industry on scientific and public policy issues involving food safety, food security, nutrition, consumer affairs and international trade. 

Prior to being named FPA’s President and CEO, Dooley served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2004, representing the 20th District of California.  He served on the House Agriculture Committee, as well as the House Resources Committee. 

Dooley was a founder of the New Democrat Coalition, an organization of centrist, pro-growth Members of Congress dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions to our nation’s problems.  The Coalition has grown into the largest group of Members in the Democrat Caucus, and played a major role in building support for policies advancing trade, technology and education reform.

As a Member of Congress, Dooley was a leader in promoting a pro-trade agenda, and he was instrumental in securing passage of Trade Promotion Authority.  He was honored by the Washington International Trade Foundation with its prestigious Distinguished Service Award, and was twice recognized by Consumers for Free Trade for his strong support for international trade.

Congressional Quarterly named Dooley one of the House’s most influential “Power Players,” in recognition of the breadth and effectiveness of his leadership in Congress.

Dooley is a fourth-generation farmer and partner in Dooley Farms, growing cotton, alfalfa and walnuts at his farm in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

Dooley earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis and, as a Sloan Fellow, earned a Master’s degree in Management from Stanford University.  He and his wife, Linda, have two daughters, Brooke and Emily.

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