FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2022
Contact: Jori Houck
ACTE Announces Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici as CTE Caucus Co-Chair
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced that Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) will become the next Democratic lead co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus at the start of the 118th Congress. Congresswoman Bonamici is taking the place of Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), who has faithfully led the Congressional CTE Caucus for 11 years.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici represents the First Congressional District of Oregon. In Congress, Congresswoman Bonamici is an advocate for equitable access to education and a strong supporter of workforce development. She is a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, and a founder and co-chair of the Congressional STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Design and Math) Caucus.
“ACTE is grateful for our warm relationship with Congressman Langevin in support of CTE over the years, and we would like to express our sincere gratitude for all that he has done to lift up CTE as a member of the CTE Caucus,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “While we will miss the Congressman, we are excited to begin working with Congresswoman Bonamici to ensure that our nation’s workforce development and education systems can work together to ensure a family-sustaining and rewarding career is accessible for all Americans. Our workforce is rapidly evolving, and we must make strong investments in CTE now to prepare for the future.”
“Representative Langevin’s leadership as co-chair of the House CTE Caucus culminates over two decades of dedication to increase the awareness of and support for CTE and its learners,” said Advance CTE Executive Director Kimberly Green. “Advance CTE is incredibly grateful for his partnership and dedication, and we wish him the very best in his next chapter. We look forward to working with Representative Bonamici in the next Congress to secure the necessary resources for state leaders to build high-quality, equitable CTE systems for every learner.”
Over 11,000,000 students are enrolled in CTE programs across the country at the secondary and postsecondary levels, with CTE programs in thousands of CTE centers, comprehensive high schools, career academies, CTE high schools and nearly 1,000 2-year colleges.
The Congressional CTE Caucus serves to raise awareness of and support for the CTE community and lead on legislation related to these issues. Caucus members work to call attention to CTE as a proven method for promoting America’s continued economic growth and competitiveness while ensuring that all learners have the skills they need to succeed in a rewarding, family-sustaining career.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.