Congress to Community

National Civics and Law Academy 2017

National Civics and Law Academy 2017

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.

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Past Events:


February 23, 2017
(Millersville, PA)
Former Members Loretta Sanchez(D-CA) and Don Manzullo (R-IL) participated in a roundtable discussion with students, local politicians, and the public, Pasta, Politics and Policy.

March 28, 2017
(Lebanon, TN)
Former Members David Skaggs (D-CO), Steven Kuykendall (R-CA) participated in a public forum at Heydel Fine Arts Center.

April 3, 2017
(St. Bonaventure, NY)
Former Members Steven Kuykendall (R-CA) and Charlie Melancon (D-LA) participated in a Community Forum at the Quick Center for theARts, ,  What Explains the Discord in Washington and What Can Be Done to Restor Bipartisan Cooperation?”


March 7, 2016
(St. Bonaventure, NY)
Former Members Jim Walsh (R-NY) and Richard Stallings held an open forum in St. Bonaventure, NY while on a Congress to Campus visit.

April 4, 2016
(Richmond, IN)
Former Members Steve Kuykendall (R-CA) and David Minge (D-MN) held a Town Hall meeting on Election 2016: The Changing Nature of the Political Campaign

April 18, 2016
(Boise, ID)
Former Members Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Tom Petri (R-WI) spoke at a public forum, The Water’s Edge: Congress and US foreign Policy.

September 14, 2016
(Parkville, MO)
Former Members David Minge (D-MN) and Sue Kelly (R-NY) spoke at a public forum, Discourse in Contemporary Politics: The Demise of Civility?

September 14, 2016

(Baltimore, MD)
Former Members, Barbara Kennelly (D-CT), Nick Rahall (D-WV), Cliff Stearns (R-FL), and Toby Roth (R-WI), participated in a Town Hall meeting at Johns Hopkins University.
September 27, 2016
(Wilkes Barre, PA)
Former Members Sam Coppersmith (D-AZ) and Dan Miller (R-FL) were the speakers at a public program America Divided.

September 29, 2016
( Weatherford, OK)
Former Members Mickey Edwards (R-OK) and Glenn English (D-OK) spoke at a moderated community forum at the Business Enterprise Forum.

October 3, 2016
(Cedar Fall, IA)
Former Members Tom Ewing (R- IL) and Berkley Bedell (D-IA) spoke to students at Cedar Fall High School, Being a Member of Congress, and the Importance of Civic Engagement.

October 3, 2016
(Erie, PA)
Former Member Lincoln David (D-TN), spoke with the Eric Community, Civility in Politics and the 2016 Election. 

October 4, 2016
(Orono, ME)
Former Members Connie Morella (R-MD) and Mike Ross (D-AR) participated in a public lecture Why is Congress so Unpopular? American Public’s Growing Disapproval of the American Political Establishment.

October 17, 2016
(Peoria, IL)
Former Member Richard Stallings (D-ID) and Gil Gutknecht (R-MN) held a Town Hall Event Election 2016: the Evolution of American Politics.

October 17, 2016
(Muhlenberg, PA)
Former Members Joe Hoeffel (D-PA) and Jim Coyne (R-PA)  participate in an event public Q & A Event, The US Congress in an Era of Unusual Politics: Challenges & Opportunities.

November 12, 2016
(Thibodaux, LA)
Nick Lampson (D-TX) will speak to the congregation at Moes Baptist Church, Rev. Patrick Bell’s Church.


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.

March 4, 2015
(Pullman, WA)
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?.

September 17 & 18, 2015
(St. Joseph, MO)
Former Members Steve Kuykendall (R-CA) and Bill Sarpalius (D-TX) participate in a Public Consitution Day Event: Congress and the Constitution: The First Branch of Government.  The following day they participate in a Community-wide event: Harsh Voices: The Decline of Civility in American Politics.

October 19, 2015
(Vermillion, SD)
former Members Barry Goldwater, JR. (R-CA) and David Minge (D-MN) discuss civility and Compromise in Congress at a public forum.


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).

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.

September 18, 2014
(Orlando, FL)
Former Members Bill Hughes (R-NJ) and Pete Torklidsen (D-MA) spoke 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 Prepatory 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.

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 later in the week to Josiah Quincy Upper 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.

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.


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.

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 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.

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.

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”.

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.