United States Association of Former Members of Congress

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United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC)
The logo for the United States Association of Former Members of Congress
Founded 1970
Affiliation United States Congress
Key people Barbara Kennelly, President[1]
Office location Washington, D.C.
Country United States
Website http://usafmc.org/

The United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization of over 500 former Members of the United States Congress.[2]

History[edit]

The United States Association of Former Members of Congress was founded in 1970 as an alumni organization,[3] eventually becoming chartered by The United States Congress in 1983 under Chapter 703 of Title 36 of the United States Code.[4]

Objectives and activities[edit]

The objectives of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress, which it seeks to achieve through its various programming, are (i) promoting and educating about public service and The United States Congress, (ii) strengthening representative democracy and (iii) keeping members connected after service.[5][6]

Of the Association's various programming, the Congress to Campus program has been executed for over 35 years, through a partnership with the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership.[7][8][9]

The Association is also involved in the International Election Monitors Institute, which is a collaboration with the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians and the European Parliament Former Members Association to aid democracy building around the world.[10]

Congressional Study Groups[edit]

The United States Association of Former Members of Congress is home to The Congressional Study Groups. The Congressional Study Groups are independent, non-partisan international legislative exchanges committed to increasing bilateral and multilateral dialogue with the United States’ strategic allies." [11] There are currently Congressional Study Groups on Germany (formed in 1983), Japan (formed in 1993), Turkey (formed in 2005), and Europe (formed in 2011). The Congressional Study Group on Germany is the flagship program; it brings together members of the U.S. Congress and German government officials to collaborate on Germany-United States relations, and serves as the model for the other Study Groups.[12] Leadership of The Congressional Study Groups, such as Tom Petri[13] and Connie Morella[14] have received awards from foreign governments for their work in supporting bilateral relations.

Leadership[15][edit]

Executive Committee:

Board of Directors:

Beverly Byron, Russ Carnahan, Bob Carr, Bob Clement, Jim Courter, James K. Coyne, III, Bill Delahunt, Phil English, Louis Frey, Martin Frost, Dan Glickman, Bart Gordon, Margaret Heckler, James Robert Jones, Scott Klug, Jim Kolbe, Ken Kramer, Larry LaRocco, Matthew McHugh, Mike Parker, Ronald Sarasin, Richard Schulze, Jim Slattery, David Skaggs, Cliff Stearns, James Symington, Olympia Snowe, Mary Bono, Vic Fazio, Steve LaTourette, Albert Wynn.

Co-Chairs of The Congressional Study Groups:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Congressional Record: July-16-2014, Page H6311, [1]. Retrieved 07-18-2014.
  2. ^ United States Association of Former Members of Congress, [2]. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. ^ United States Association of Former Members of Congress, [3]. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  4. ^ Title 36 of the United States Code: Organization, [4]. Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  5. ^ Shepard, Robert. "The Congressional Alumni Association." The Bryan Times 14 May 1987: Page 4. Print.
  6. ^ Title 36 of the United States Code: Purposes, [5]. Retrieved 2014-07-10.
  7. ^ Dewhirst, Robert E., and John David. Rausch. "United States Association of Former Members of Congress." Encyclopedia of the United States Congress. New York: Facts On File, 2007. 516. Print.
  8. ^ Popkey, Dan. "LaRocco Returns to House to Speak on 'Congress to Campus' Program." Idaho Statesman. N.p., 17 July 2014. Web. [6]. Retrieved 07-18-2014.
  9. ^ Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership, [7]. Retrieved 07-18-2014.
  10. ^ "International Election Monitors Institute | CAFP-ACEP". exparl.ca. 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ United States Association of Former Members of Congress, [8]. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  12. ^ "Congressional Study Groups « German Marshall Fund of the United States". gmfus.org. 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.fdlreporter.com/story/news/local/2014/11/03/petri-receive-japans-second-highest-civilian-honor/18411543/
  14. ^ http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/__pr/P__Wash/2013/07/05-Award-Morella.html
  15. ^ Congressional Record: July-16-2014, Page H6311, [9]. Retrieved 07-18-2014.
  16. ^ http://dent.house.gov/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=B7BE6782-B45F-400D-9025-0A9CB314365D
  17. ^ http://www.hirono.senate.gov/press-releases/senator-mazie-k-hirono-to-lead-congressional-study-group-on-japan
  18. ^ http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/q-fortenberry-seeks-more-nuclear-security-supporters-policy-making-community/