Carol Shea-Porter to attend Harvard conference

CAROL SHEA-PORTER TO ATTEND HARVARD CONFERENCE FOR NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Cambridge, MA - Newly elected Member of Congress, Carol Shea-Porter, will join thirty-five other incoming Congressional freshmen from states across the country at Harvard University's Institute of Politics November 28-December 1 for an issues conference on exercising leadership in Congress and being effective lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

"I appreciate the opportunity that the Kennedy School is giving us," said Shea-Porter. "I am working hard to learn and absorb as much as I can before I'm sworn in. I plan to hit the ground running in January."

"We are very excited to welcome so many new members of Congress to Harvard," said Institute of Politics Director Jeanne Shaheen, former Governor of New Hampshire (1997-2003). "This seminar gives new members of Congress a great opportunity to gain important insights from current and former Representatives, academics, and key U.S. policymakers."

The 17th biennial Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress will run from Tuesday evening, November 28 through Friday afternoon, December 1 at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. The new members of Congress will participate in a variety of sessions, led by academics, practitioners, and current and former members of the U.S. House. Topics will include the federal budget and briefings on energy and national security, terrorism, and numerous other individual policy matters.

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Harvard University's Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, was established in 1966 as a memorial to President Kennedy. The IOP's mission is to unite and engage students, particularly undergraduates, with academics, politicians, activists, and policymakers on a non-partisan basis and to stimulate and nurture their interest in public service and leadership. The Institute strives to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic world and the world of politics and public affairs. More information is available online at www.iop.harvard.edu/.