University of Washington Students Meet Rep. McDermott

University of Washington Students Meet Rep. McDermott

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James Liska
July 23, 2013

On Tuesday, July 23rd, students from the University of Washington travelled to Capitol Hill to meet Rep. Jim McDermott in his Longworth House Office Building suite. Rep. McDermott, a Democrat, represents Washington's populous 7th district - most of Seattle and the inner suburbs. The students, who all attend the University of Washington - Seattle, were able to speak to Rep. McDermott on issues important to them, such as:


  • Immigration
  • Student loan interest rates
  • The views of immigrants towards America

When asked about the visit, student Conor Bronsdon said that "Congressman McDermott spent a significant amount of time getting to know us and demonstrated genuine interest in us and our pasts.  Our conversation with Congressman McDermott was an enjoyable and interesting experience."


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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