Whitaker Lee Askew becomes vice president of government affairs
A new appointment has been made in a trade body which represents the interests of a majority of land gambling giants in the U.S., the American Gaming Association; namely, the organization has announced that Whitaker Lee Askew, former aide to the Speaker of the House, is its new vice president of government affairs.
On this position Askew will replace John Versaggi, and join a team which already comprises Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr, president and CEO of the AGA as well as AGA vice president Dorothy Jackson. His responsibilities at the position will include advocating on behalf of the gaming industry on key issues and “broadening the roster of gaming supporters among Washington lawmakers to include representatives of all gaming jurisdictions, as well as those from districts not located in traditional gaming states,” explained the Association.
According to Fahrenkopf, “Whit’s record of achievement here in Washington speaks for itself, and his contacts and experience will be vital as the AGA embarks on the challenge of introducing the commercial casino industry to more than 100 new Members of Congress.”
“In order to expand our coalition of advocates to reflect gaming’s status as a national industry, the AGA needs a strong team, and I firmly believe that Whit will prove to be an excellent addition,” he concluded.
Before this new position, Askew spent five years in the office of then-Minority Leader and now Speaker of the House John Boehner, and prior to that he was a political action committee (PAC) coordinator at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.