Tennessee Students Meet Rep. Diane Black

Tennessee Students Meet Rep. Diane Black

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James Liska
June 18, 2013

On Tuesday, June 18th, two TWC students from Tennessee met Rep. Diane Black in her Longworth House Office Building suite. Rep. Black, a Republican, represents Tennessee's 6th Congressional District, a constituency of around 630,000 encompassing fourteen counties in Middle Tennessee. Both former President James Polk and former Vice President Al Gore once held the 6th District seat.


The students, who attend Belmont University and the Tennessee Technological University, received a warm welcome from Rep. Black and were able to discuss the issues that mattered to them the most, including:


  • Foreign Policy (specifically non-interventionism in Syria)
  • The arming of the Syrian rebels
  • Taxation
  • Student Loans

For the students, 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. In addition to speaking with Rep. Black, the students took a VIP tour of the Capitol and were able to watch a floor speech in the United States Senate from the gallery.


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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