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House/Senate CTE Caucus



In 2007, former Congressmen Brain Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA) launched the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House caucus is now chaired by Congressmen Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), and serves to raise awareness of and support for the CTE community and lead on legislation related to these issues. 

In February 2014, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) partnered to launch the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus in conjunction with CTE Month. The senators were later joined as co-chairs by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Mike Enzi (R-WY). As co-chairs, these senators have worked to call attention to CTE as a proven method for promoting America’s continued economic growth and ensuring that our students have the skills they need to succeed. In February 2015, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) began work as co-chair of the caucus in place of Sen. Enzi, who had taken on other commitments.

House Co-Chairs:

Rep Thompson Official Photo 
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
Rep Langevin Official Photo 
Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI)

House CTE Caucus Membership List 
It is important to encourage every legislator to join the CTE Caucus. Contact yours today using the CTE Action Center!

Senate Co-Chairs:

Sen Kaine Official Photo 
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Sen Portman Official Photo 
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) 
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Sen Baldwin Official Photo
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Senate CTE Caucus Membership List
The Senate CTE Caucus is still recruiting Senators to join in support of CTE. You can encourage your Senators to join by sending them a message through the CTE Action Center.

Latest Caucus News:

The latest updates can be found on the CTE Caucus section of the CTE Policy Watch blog.

Resources, Positions & Statements:

Senate Resolution Recognizing CTE Month 2015 March 2015

CTE Month 2015 in Congress February 2015

Letter to President requesting Presidential Career and Technical Scholars Award May 2014

FY2015 Senate Funding Request Letter April 2014

FY2015 House Funding Request Letter April 2014

2014 CTE Month in Congress March 2014

Senate Resolution Recognizing CTE Month February 2014

2014 Senate Caucus Recruitment Letter January 2014

Sens. Tim Kaine and Rob Portman Announce Caucus January 2014

2013 House Caucus Recruitment Letter March 2013

Independent House CTE Caucus Website

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