Jewelers of America's Political Action Committee, JAPAC, is the only PAC that supports the fine jewelry industry in Washington, D.C. As part of its legislative advocacy outreach, JAPAC makes trips to D.C. to give Jewelers of America members a chance to voice their concerns directly to key legislators and help them understand the needs of the jewelry industry. Here are scenes from the most recent JAPAC visit to D.C. in June. See photos from past visits.

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The JAPAC group -- including JA Board Directors, JAPAC Board members and JA staff -- met with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) for dinner. Reed is a member of the U.S. Senate Committees on Appropriations; Armed Services; and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

It was a day of "official business only." L-R: Bill Farmer, Jr. (JA Board Chair) with Bob Moeller, Ryan Berg and Missy Krause.

Meetings were held with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). L-R: Jenny Caro, McConnell, Brian Mann, and Bill Farmer Jr.  (JA Board Chairman)

The trips to D.C. allow jewelers to speak one on one with influential legislators. Clockwise: Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15); Andy Barr (KY-6); JAPAC Board Members present legislators with information on JA and jewelers' tax and regulatory concerns; John Shimkus (IL-15).

During the June visit to Capitol Hill, the JAPAC group had meetings with 60 lawmakers and legislative staff. Clockwise: Cory Gardner (CO-4); Jason Chaffetz (UT-3); Shelly Moore Capito (WV-2); Pete Sessions (TX-32), Chairman of House Rules Committee

Speaker of the House John Boehner (left) stopped in to say hello to the JAPAC delegation, pictured here with JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte

The Jewelers of America team that keeps the focus on influential lawmakers on jewelers' needs through its advocacy efforts. L-R: The staff of Haake & Associates, JA's legislative counsel in D.C.; Director of Public Affairs & Education Susan Thea Posnock; JA President & CEO David J. Bonaparte.