Thomas J. Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since assuming his position in 1997, Donohue has built the U.S. Chamber into a lobbying and political force with expanded influence across the globe.
Donohue established the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), which has won significant legal reforms in the courts, at the state and federal levels, and in elections for state attorneys general and Supreme Court judges.The U.S. Chamber’s lobbyists, policy experts, and communicators have helped secure many legislative victories, including major tax cuts, more sensible workplace and environmental regulations, and increased funding for transportation. The U.S. Chamber has advanced the business argument on outsourcing and the need for balance in applying new capital markets and accounting rules, among other issues. On the international front, the chamber has become a leader in knocking down trade barriers, winning new free trade agreements, and fighting protectionism both at home and abroad. The chamber has also emerged as a major player in election politics, helping elect congressional pro-business candidates through financial support and voter activism and turnout generated by the Chamber’s grassroots organization, VoteForBusiness.com. Since the beginning of Donohue’s tenure, the chamber has tripled its annual revenues to $160 million. In addition, Donohue launched a $200 million capital campaign to help secure the chamber’s financial future.
Previously, Donohue served for 13 years as president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations, the national organization of the trucking industry.Donohue serves on two corporate boards of directors: Union Pacific Corporation and Sunrise Senior Living Corporation. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.
Born in New York City in 1938, Donohue earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Adelphi, St. John’s, and Marymount universities. Donohue and his wife, Liz, live in Potomac, Maryland. They have three sons.