New York Students Meet Rep. King

New York Students Meet Rep. King

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James Liska
July 09, 2013

On Tuesday, July 9th, Washington Center students from New York had the chance to interact with their Member of Congress, Republican Rep. Peter King. An 11-term Congressman, Rep. King represents the 2nd District of New York (parts of Suffolk and Nassau Counties). Rep. King is the former chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and the current chairman of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee - a post that makes him a perfect resource for our student's questions about national security.


Meeting in his Cannon House Office Building suite, Rep. King spoke with the students regarding:


  • Cybersecurity / SOPA
  • National security
  • Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal
  • Intra-party politics in the House of Representatives

When asked about his visit, Seton Hall University student Patrick Argento said that "...rather enjoyed my meeting today with Congressman King. I felt he was very candid, which I was glad for. He did not give the sort of cookie-cutter answers you would expect a politician to give. He gave answers I felt that were legitimately his thoughts which I was very glad for. I was able to get more out of it because of that."


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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