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House/Senate CTE Caucus

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Background:

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) 
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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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Techniques Advert Events Partners Countdown   Legislative Update—Jan. 14, 2013 - Fiscal Cliff Averted … For Now - 2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar - Secretary Hilda Solis Announces Departure From Department of Labor - 113th Congress Begins and Committee Assignments Finalized  One of ACTE's most effective advocacy tools is you! Becoming an advocate is one of the most important actions you can take to secure the future of CTE. ACTE has developed a wide variety of tools to assist you in your advocacy activities, keep you informed and promote ongoing support for CTE. The tools here provide step-by-step directions and examples that will help you reach out to policymakers at the local, state and federal levels, as well as your community and the media. From your Members of Congress to your local mayor, these individuals all make decisions that directly or indirectly impact CTE. With your help, we can ensure the strength and future of CTE! Working With Policymakers  Congressional August Recess Packet    Building Relationships With Policymakers    Visiting Policymakers    Corresponding With Policymakers    Hosting Site Visits for Policymakers    Testifying Before Policymakers    Sign up for the Washington Contacts Network    Join a Policy Task Force    ACTE Legislative Positions & Information  FY 2013 Joint Perkins Funding Request  "Funding CTE Works" Update Page  Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Priorities  Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization Priorities  CTE Policy Watch Blog   Advocacy Resources   Fact Sheets    Participant Media "Pressure Cooker" Activities    Advocacy Models    External Links    Congressional and Media Directory Info    Advocacy Tips (from the CTE Policy Watch Blog)    Using Social Media for Advocacy   Saving CTE is as simple as receiving a text! Sign up to receive text alerts when urgent action on CTE issues is needed by clicking here or texting CTEALERT to 88202. You will only be contacted when it is vital that you act. Working With the Media  Targeting the Media    Appropriations Media Campaign    Ambassadors Network  Building Community Support 

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