Gerard “Jerry” Giovaniello, NAR’s chief lobbyist and senior vice president of government affairs, is slated to speak to Virginia Realtors® at the 2011 Get Active conference in Richmond, VA, on February 11. Mr. Giovaniello will focus on national legislative issues, including the proposed changes to the mortgage interest deduction (MID).

Mr. Giovaniello serves as NAR’s lobbyist for members of Congress from California, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii and Oregon. After winning an extension of the homebuyer tax credit in 2009, NAR focused much of its efforts in 2010 on the problems homebuyers face in obtaining mortgages. To further its members’ interests, NAR played an active role in the 2010 elections, racking up more than $6 million in independent expenditures on behalf of incumbents who have supported the group’s causes in the past. Giovaniello has firsthand knowledge of how things work on Capitol Hill, having served as chief of staff for two California Congressman from 1972-81. He was also recently named one of Inman News’ 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in 2010.

Learn more about the Get Active conference and register to attend at www.VARealtor.com/GetActive.