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 to raise awareness of and support for the CTE community and lead on legislation related to these issues. As those members left Congress, the Caucus leadership was filled by Congressmen Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and James Langevin (D-RI). Rep. Langevin retired at the end of the 117th Congress, and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici joined the Caucus as the new Democratic co-chair in 2023.
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. In January 2017, Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) joined the caucus leadership as co-chair in place of Sen. Isakson. Sen. Portman retired in 2022, and his replacement has not yet been named.
Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
House CTE Caucus Membership List
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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Sen. Todd Young (R-IN)
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 2020 February 2020
House Resolution Recognizing CTE Month 2020 February 2020
Senate Resolution Recognizing CTE Month 2019 February 2019
House Resolution Recognizing CTE Month 2019 February 2019
Senate Resolution Recognizing CTE Month 2018 February 2018
House Resolution Recognizing CTE Month 2018 February 2018
Senate Resolution Recognizing CTE Month 2017 February 2017
Senate Resolution Recognizing CTE Month 2016 February 2016
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