June 14, 2002 -- The United States Chamber of Commerce tapped John Bachmann, senior partner at investment firm Edward Jones, to be its new chairman.

During his term as chairman, Bachmann will focus on four issues in particular: tort reform, greater access to health care, the benefits of trade and global sourcing, and reform of the retirement system, which he describes as "unsustainable."

Bachmann was elected by the board of directors to serve a one-year term. He has been on the chamber's board since 1995 and served as a regional vice chairman since 2001.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a leading business association, representing more than 3 million businesses of every size, sector and region in the country.