Rhode Island Students Meet Senator Whitehouse

Rhode Island Students Meet Senator Whitehouse

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James Liska
July 14, 2014

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat, welcomed three TWC students to his Hart Senate Office Building office on Tuesday, July 8th to discuss public policy and matters of concern for the students. Senator Whitehouse, a former U.S. attorney and state Attorney General, was elected to the Senate in 2006. Senator Whitehouse serves on the Budget, HELP, Judiciary, and Environment & Public Works committees.


The students discussed various issues, including the Arab-Israeli conflict, transportation and the cost of higher education. When asked about the meeting, student Chris Pogue said "I was shocked and surprised that Senator Whitehouse met with us for such a long time on a day when he was double booked. His staffers were wonderful: accommodating, polite, and genuinely interested in their constituents. I was [also] impressed by Senator Whitehouse's knowledge of the Arab-Israeli conflict." Student Kevin Cauthorn also added that "that it was a honor meeting Senator Whitehouse and I was very impressed with him wanting to meet with fellow Rhode Islanders. He seemed as if he took a personal interest in what we planned on doing with our careers."

This visit was another way to understand the role of citizen advocacy and to demonstrate how one-on-one and small group conversations with elected representatives can affect public policy changes at the highest level. Students who participated in this visit are:


Public Policy Dialogues (PPD), sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, provides 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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