Visiting Capitol Hill

Meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) were, front, John Dillard; second row, left to right, Kristin Rouse, Travis Clark, Heather Jackson, Alexandra Hunter; third row, Lisa Washburn, Brian See, Keith Cleek, Jerri Lephiew, Senator Tom Cotton, Sherri Sanders, Amy Simpson and Leadra Martin.

Many Arkansans took part in mid-April as the National 4-H Council held its second 4-H Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill.

With nearly 255 attendees, including 19 U.S. senators and representatives, Cooperative Extension leaders, USDA representatives, and 80 4-H youth, the event provided an opportunity to share stories of 4-H youth impact with members of Congress and to thank them for their continued support of 4-H programming and learning.

Five Arkansas youth in attendance including Travis Clark, Faulkner County; John Dillard, Union County; Alexandra Hunter, Clark County; Heather Jackson, Pike County and Kristin Rouse, Independence County got to visit with Senator John Boozman.

Later the 4-H delegates and their chaperones, Marion County Agriculture Agent Brian See and Carroll County Interim Staff Chair Leadra Martin joined another Arkansas delegation representing the Joint Council of Extension Professionals.

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture County Agents including Sherri Sanders, White County; Jerri Lephiew, Columbia County; Amy Simpson, Clark County and two specialists, Lisa Washburn and Keith Cleek were visiting the Capitol as a part of the Public Issues Leadership Development Council Conference (PILD). This conference is designed to give Extension Professionals a further understand of how public policy impacts Extension.

Traditionally the Conference ends with each delegation meeting their state’s officials. The PILD delegation had the opportunity to visit with staff members from French Hill, Steve Womack, Bruce Westerman, Rick Crawford, John Boozman and Tom Cotton’s offices.

Together the 4-H and PILD visited with Representative Rick Crawford; Congressman Steve Womack and Senator Tom Cotton.

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