Wake Forest University Student Meets Rep. Barber

Wake Forest University Student Meets Rep. Barber

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James Liska
August 01, 2013

On Thursday, August 1st, Rep. Ron Barber opened his doors for a meeting with a constituent, Wake Forest University student Katie Draper. Katie lives in Arizona's 2nd District, which encompasses part of Tucson. This district also includes Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where Rep. Barber's family was stationed and where he grew up.


Rep. Barber is new to Congress - he served as former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Arizona chief of staff, and was severely wounded by gunfire during the fateful shooting that prompted his predecessor to resign from Congress. Rep. Barber is now serving his first full term in Congress after initially being elected to serve out part of the 112th Congress.


Rep. Barber and Katie were able to catch up on important policy issues of concern, including:


  • Rep. Barber's background
  • Education and education spending
  • Intra-party politics in the House of Representatives

When asked about her visit, Katie said that, "Ron Barber took the time to learn about my interests and answered all of my policy questions, even though he had a busy day of voting as the House wrapped up for August recess. This showed me that his constituents really are his first priority. Getting the chance to talk with him was like going back home to Tucson for thirty minutes. It was an amazing opportunity that I will not soon forget."


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.


The student who participated in this visit was:


[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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