Congress to Community

Congress to Community brings a dialogue about Capitol Hill to the community. The discussions create a greater civic understanding amongst voters as well as a productive dialogue about the issues facing our nation, while affording citizens a new avenue to express their support for less partisan and more productive politics. Former Members who are participating in the Congress to Campus program will engage with the local community to further the dialogue that was started with the students at the college campus.

Please contact Sharon Witiw at if you are interested in how to host a Congress to Community event.


Past Events:

March 4, 2015
Former Members David Minge (D-MN) and Charles D’jou (R-HI)  spoke students and the public at on open forum  at the Foley Institute, on “Why isn’t congress working?.

February 9, 2015
(Palm Beach, FL )
Former Members Martin Lancaster (D-NC) and Tim Petri (R-WI) spoke students and the public at on open forum on Congress and Gridlock.

October 13, 2014
(Absecon, NJ)
Former Members Lou Frey (R-FL) and Bob Clement (D-TN) spoke with group of high school students at Absegami High School.

October 8, 2014
(Bangor, ME)
Former Members Gil Gutknecht (R-MN) and Mike Kopeski (D-OR) spoke with group of high school students at Bangor High School.

September 19, 2014
(Boston, MA)
Former Members Bob Carr (D-MI) and Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) spoke with group of high school students at Medor High School  and lter in the week to Josiah Quincy Upper School.

September 18, 2014
(Orlando, FL)
Former Members Bill Hughes (R-NJ) and Pete Torklidsen (D-MA) spect with the Rotary Club of Orange County in East Winter park.

September 18, 2014
(Orlando, FL)
Former Members Bill Hughes (R-NJ) and Pete Torklidsen (D-MA) spoke with group of high school students at Trinity Prepartory School on Constitution Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

September 18, 2014
(Parkville, MO)
Former Members Nick Lampson (D-TX) and Jack Buechner (R-MO) participated in a public presentation, A More Perfect Constitution: proposals for a 28th Amendment.

February 3, 2014
(Honolulu, HI)
Former Members Barry Goldwater, Jr. (R-CA) and Jim Chapman (D-TX) were able to take time out of their Congress to Campus schedule to visit Washington Middle School and local high school students.

February 3, 2014
(Honolulu, HI)
Former Members Barry Goldwater, Jr. (R-CA) and Jim Chapman (D-TX) were interviewed by ThinkTech Hawaii Broadcast network.  (click here to see the interview).

January 29, 2014
(Chicago, IL)

Former Members Sue Kelly (R-NY) and Lincoln Davis (D-TN) visited Westinghouse College Prep High School to speak with AP Government high school students to discuss their perspective on currents events reflected in the news articles: “Red, blue states move in opposite directions in a new era of single party control” by Dan Balz, The Washington Post, 12/28/13; “Goodbye to All that” by Susan Glasser, Politico Magazine, 1/16/14 and  on President Obama’s Full Acceptance Speech, from 11/7/12.

October 21, 2013
(Millersville, PA)

Former Members Jack Buechner (R-MO) and John Hall (D-NY) held an informal dinner roundtable “Pizza, Politics and Policy” with students, local politicians and members of the community.

October 15-16, 2013
(Providence, RI)

Former Members David Minge (D-MN) and Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) participated in several public forums during their visit to Rhode Island College. The first, “Congress, Bipartisanship and Governing Across the Divide,” included political analysts from the local radio station, and current Rhode Island Members of Congress. Later that day the former Members were joined by local political television reporters, professors, and local business leaders, for a public forum  entitled “Paradigm Shift: Re-imagining Journalism and Civic Life”. The following day the former Members participated in two more public forums “Another View Through the Looking Glass: Trailblazing Women Talk Politics” and “Preparing for Your Career in Public Service: What Wiki Won’t Tell You”.

September 16, 2013
(Indianapolis, IN)

Former Members Steve Kuykendall (R-CA) and Nick Lampson (D-TX), in celebration of Constitution week, participated in two public events:  first an open forum, where they discussed constitutional issues initially raised by a facilitator before taking questions from the audience; and later that day a panel discussion on the importance of public service and how students and other community members can get involved. Joining the former Members were Purdue faculty and local politicians.

February 21, 2013
(Boston, MA)

Former Members Robert Weygand (D-RI) and Bob McEwen (R-OH) participated in a public roundtable luncheon “Gridlock in Congress: Can Washington Tackle Today’s Pressing Issues?” co-sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service, The Moakley Archive and Institute, and The Government Department at Suffolk University.

February18, 2013
(Palm Beach, FL)

Former Members Dennis Hertel (D-MI) and Robert Walker (R-PA) participated in a public forum “Congress and Gridlock”, that was co-sponsored by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.

February 5, 2013
(Ogden, UT)

Former Members Richard Stalling (D-ID) and Charles D’jou (R-HI) met with AP American Government high school students at DaVinci Academy,  a project-based learning charter high school.