New York Students Visit Capitol Hill

New York Students Visit Capitol Hill

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James Liska
March 22, 2017

Recently, two New York students visited Capitol Hill to learn more about citizen participation in Congress. Dillon Savage and Audrey Hayes, both students at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, visited the Cannon House Office Building suite of their hometown representative, US Rep. Elise Stefanik. Stefanik, serving her second term in Congress, represents New York's 21st district, which encompasses most of upstate New York. At age 32, Stefanik is also the youngest Member of Congress and the youngest woman ever to serve in either chamber of Congress.


The students met with Partick Hester, who serves as a senior legislative assistant in the office. Patrick and the students discussed effective ways of citizen advocacy in Congress, including constituent correspondence, in-person meetings in both DC and the district offices, and best strategies for engaging Members of Congress and legislative staff. In addition, they discussed veteran's affairs and the role of Congress in defense appropriations (especially important for New York's 21st district, as the district contains Fort Drum).


This visit was part of The Washington Center's Public Policy Dialogues program, a component of the civic engagement curriculum which helps students understand effective methods of advocacy before Congress.


Click here to view photos of the Public Policy Dialogues visits during the Spring 2017 semester.

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