Senate Panel to Hold Hearing on SBA Advocacy Nominee

November 12, 2014

pic-congress-hearingOn Wednesday, Nov. 19, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will hold a nomination hearing for Gilberto de Jesús, who was selected by President Barack Obama to serve as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy. The Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member James Risch (R-Idaho) are expected to lead the discussion.

President Obama nominated Mr. de Jesús on Aug. 29 a month after the current Chief Counsel, Dr. Winslow Sargeant, announced his plans to resign by the end of the year. If his nomination fails to be confirmed by the Senate during the lame duck session, President Obama will have to resubmit his nomination next year and will go through the committee approval process again–this time with a Republican-led Congress that has less of an incentive to approve the President’s nominees.

Mr. de Jesús is currently a senior attorney in the Office of Communications Business Opportunities at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Prior to being nominated he was a senior legislative fellow in the office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), an attorney advisor with the FCC’s Investigations & Hearings Division, and a consultant for the Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. de Jesús received a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Development Corporation as well as the University of Maryland Medical Systems.

NSBA urges the Senate to approve Mr. de Jesús’ nomination in a timely manner so that there can be a new Chief Counsel of the SBA Office of Advocacy in place as soon as possible to ensure that the concerns of small business are heard in the federal rulemaking process.