About FMC

The United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) utilizes the unique skill sets of its 600 members to provide pro bono public service programs and initiatives both at home and abroad.  Originally conceptualized as an alumni organization when it was founded in 1970 to keep former Members connected on a social basis, it has grown into a NGO offering substantive domestic and international programs for its members. Today, FMC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational, research and social organization with approximately 550 members who represented American citizens in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

While the organization has been chartered by Congress since 1980, it is not funded by Congress.  It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.  Thanks to its membership dues, annual fundraising dinner, donations, and grants from corporations and individuals, FMC sponsors programs across the nation and in numerous foreign countries at no cost to the taxpayer.

For more information about the history of Members of Congress, please visit this great resource from the Office of the House Historian here.

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Program Highlights Include:

  • The Congress To Campus Program sends bipartisan teams of former Members to college campuses across the United States and around the world to teach about the role of Congress and the importance of public service.
  • The Global Democracy Institute is a partnership involving former legislators of the United States, Canada and Europe – is a vehicle for conducting democracy-building and legislative-strengthening missions abroad. Bipartisan and international teams former legislators have already monitored elections in countries such as Afghanistan, Ukraine, Cameroon, and Morocco.
  • The Congressional Study Groups on Germany, Japan, Turkey, and Europe connect current Members of Congress with their peers in legislatures across the globe in order to create a network of peers and foster a dialogue on issues of global importance.
  • The Congressional Charity Golf Classic raises funds to support severely wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Current and former Members of Congress compete in a golf tournament pitting Republicans against Democrats. All funds raised are donated to the Disabled Sports USA Wounded Warrior Project, which uses sports as an aid in the rehabilitation of service members who were injured in our nation’s war on terror.
  • Each year, for the benefit of the American public, FMC sponsors seminars, produces publications, gives awards, and holds events on Capitol Hill. For its members, FMC continues to provide a full slate of meetings and activities, as well as ways to remain in contact via newsletters, a member directory, and its website (www.usafmc.org).