The Peace Corps Caucus
- Caucus Membership Grows to 72: As the new year begins, 72 lawmakers are now members of the Peace Corps Caucus (see list below).
- RPCV Congressmen Launch Bi-Partisan Peace Corps Caucus: On November 20, 2013, the five Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in Congress formed the Peace Corps Caucus and began reaching out to colleagues asking them to join.
Facts and Talking Points:
- In the House of Representatives, lawmakers often bring together like-minded individuals into a caucus to provide information, organize activities and/or promote a particular issue or cause they believe is important.
- The activities of a caucus are non-binding. For example, while we hope a lawmaker who joins the Peace Corps caucus will be supportive of Peace Corps related legislation, s/he is not required to do so.
- The five Returned Peace Corps Volunteers currently serving in the House of Representatives organized and are serving as co-chairs of the caucus. They are California Democratic Congressmen Sam Farr (Colombia 1964-66), Mike Honda (El Salvador 1965-67) and John Garamendi (Ethiopia 1966-68), Wisconsin Republican Congressman Tom Petri (Somalia 1966-67) and Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy (Dominican Republic 2004-06).
- Read the Dear Colleague letter the RPCV lawmakers circulated urging other lawmakers to join the newly created Peace Corps Caucus.
- Ask your lawmaker to join the caucus as a further demonstration of the strong bi-partisan support for the Peace Corps.
This is a HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES action only.
Lawmakers listed below have joined the Peace Corps Caucus. If they are your representative, please reach out to them to say thank you! (* indicates the five Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are co-chairs of the caucus)
California: Capps, Costa, Susan Davis, Eshoo, Farr*, Garamendi*, Honda*, Lee, George Miller, Vargas, Waxman, Bera, Lowenthal, Negrete McLeod, Roybal-Allard, Waters
District of Columbia: Norton
Florida: Crenshaw, Deutch, Grayson, Wasserman Schultz
Georgia: Bishop, Hank Johnson
Illinois: Enyart, Schakowsky
Maine: Pingree, Michaud
Maryland: Van Hollen
Massachusetts: Kennedy*, Keating, McGovern, Tierney, Tsongas
Minnesota: Ellison, McCollum, Nolan
New Hampshire: Shea-Porter
New Jersey: Holt, Sires, Frank Pallone
New Mexico: Ben Luján
New York: Carolyn Maloney, Rangel, Tonko, Sean Patrick Maloney, Meeks, Nadler, Slaughter
North Carolina: Price
Northern Marianas: Sablan
Ohio: Tim Ryan
Puerto Rico: Pierluisi
South Carolina: Clyburn
Tennessee: Cohen, Cooper
Texas: Doggett, Jackson-Lee
Vermont: Peter Welch
Virginia: Connolly, Moran, Bobby Scott
Washington: McDermott, Smith
Wisconsin: Petri*, Pocan
If your lawmaker has not yet joined the caucus, please contact them and ask them to join.
Follow this link for phone numbers and links to contact information for your lawmakers.
(Feel free to use the sample letter below if you plan to send an electronic message. Personalize your message if possible, sharing something about your Peace Corps experience and why you believe the Peace Corps is important for our nation).
Dear Representative _______,
I am writing to ask you to show your strong support for the Peace Corps by joining the newly created Peace Corps Caucus.
Joining this caucus does not bind you to any specific legislation or actions related to the Peace Corps. Your membership does, however, demonstrate your general support for the half-century vision, mission and effectiveness of deploying U.S. citizens overseas in a spirit of friendship, collaboration and understanding.
Please contact Caitie Whelan in Congressman Sam Farr’s office (225-2861) to become a member of the Peace Corps Caucus today.
Thank you for considering this request and for your service to our nation.
(Peace Corps Country and Years of Service)