Florida Students Meet Rep. Murphy

Florida Students Meet Rep. Murphy

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James Liska
July 17, 2013

Two Florida students traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 17th to meet with their Member of Congress, Rep. Patrick Murphy. Rep. Murphy is a Democrat who represents Florida's 18th District, encompassing northeast Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Rep. Murphy serves on the Financial Services Committee, and at age 29 he is the youngest Member of Congress.


Meeting in the minority staff offices of the House Financial Services Committee room, the students were able to catch up with Rep. Murphy while Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was speaking in the next room. Florida State University student Lindsay Greene and University of North Florida student Joy Bagwell spoke to the Congressman about:


  • Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Drone warfare
  • Foreign policy

This visit was another way to understand the role of citizen advocacy and to demonstrate how one-on-one conversation with their elected representatives can affect public policy changes at the highest level. It also gives our students a chance to understand how the legislative process is conducted, as well as the daily business of a Member of Congress.


Students who participated in this visit included:


[View photos of the event on our Flickr channel]

Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill (PPDCH), sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, provide students with the unique opportunity to meet and interact with members of the Senate or House of Representatives representing their state or congressional district. This is one component of The Washington Center's internship program.

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