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House/Senate CTE Caucus



In 2007, former Reps. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA) launched the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The caucus, now chaired by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), serves as a promotion vehicle for legislation, ideas and information related to CTE. The mission statement of the caucus is:

“The Career and Technical Education Caucus is a bi-partisan group of Members of Congress created to enhance awareness in Congress of the importance of career and technical education in preparing a well-educated and skilled workforce in America.”

In 2013, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) founded the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to bring attention in the U.S. Senate to improving and strengthening access to CTE. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) joined the caucus in its first days as co-chairs as well.

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 
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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.

Senate Caucus Briefing on CTE Draws Major Attention

Although Perkins reauthorization is not a top priority on Capitol Hill right now, the Senate CTE Caucus hosted a briefing today to educate and keep CTE on the minds of legislative staff. Caucus co-chairs Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) kicked off the briefing with their own remarks on the importance of supporting robust CTE programs through policy and tearing down the notion of CTE as a second-tier education.

ACTE Deputy Executive Director Steve DeWitt moderated the briefing which included leaders from the education, business and government sectors in Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and the U.S. Department of Labor. The panelists shared their experiences and perspectives on best practices and policies for preparing students with the education and skills necessary for employment in the 21st century, and for meeting the long-term employment needs of local and regional economies.

Briefing panelists includes:

  • Charles Speelman, Superintendent, Tri-Rivers Career Center, Marion, OH
  • Danny Hunley, Vice President of Operations, Newport News Shipbuilding, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News, VA
  • Bryan Albrecht, President, Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, WI
  • Portia Wu, Employment and Training Administration, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

Resources, Positions & Statements:

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

House CTE Caucus Membership List

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With a growing national focus on data and accountability to help students succeed in education and careers, collecting high-quality data and sharing it across different agencies is more important than ever. For CTE, data quality and access issues include appropriately measuring student achievement, including the attainment of high-quality credentials; ensuring the quality of Perkins-funded CTE programs; and providing data to consumers on the connection between education and labor market outcomes.

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