David Dreier, the recently retired Republican congressman from California, has landed a gig to lead a new commission focused on trade for an arm of the nonprofit Annenberg Foundation.
Dreier, who spent three decades in the House, including time as the chair of the Rules Committee, will be announced as the leader of a new Annenberg-Dreier Commission on Wednesday. An advance copy of the announcement was provided to National Journal.
The new commission, which is expected to organize retreats and events at the Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage, has the goal of improving cooperation and trade on both sides of the Pacific. Funded by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, the new commission will have paid staff, including Dreier.
"His decades of leadership in Congress, his role as founding chair of the Congressional Trade Working Group and close relationship with Ambassador and Mrs. Annenberg and the Annenberg family make David Dreier the ideal person to lead this effort to achieve greater international cooperation on trade and related issues,” said Geoffrey Cowan, president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, in a statement.
Dreier said in a statement that, "It is an honor to continue public service through this commission."
And while Dreier has left Congress behind, he clearly remains interested in world affairs. "Nations throughout the Greater Pacific are rapidly expanding financial, social, commercial, scientific, demographic, and political ties. These connections are reshaping national policies and highlighting shared interests in this region, which represents well over half the world’s population and GDP,” he said in the statement. “Ongoing efforts to achieve an ambitious new multilateral trans-Pacific trade agreement underscore the centrality of these exchanges to our future economic competitiveness, growth, and security.”