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Amory Houghton, Jr., La Médaille d’Or de la Renaissance Française

Amo Houghton, 83, has served as a United States Representative from the State of New York, 29th Congressional District. Mr. Houghton was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired the Oversight Subcommittee and was a member of the Trade Subcommittee. He was also a member of the International Relations Committee, vice chairman of its Subcommittee on Africa, and was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the Congressional Delegate to the 58th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Mr. Houghton is the founder of the John Quincy Adams Society and is also a founding member of the Republican Main Street Partnership. Mr. Houghton was also co-chairman of the Washington-based Faith and Politics Institute. The only former CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation to serve in the House, Mr. Houghton joined Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) in 1951 after graduating from Harvard University and serving as a Marine during World War II.

Reflecting the legacy of his father, who had been Ambassador to France, Congressman Houghton led other elected representatives in the United States in establishing the Congressional French Caucus which continues to support French-American friendship today. He has been recognized with France’s highest award – La Légion d’Honneur.


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