GOP Meetups are the signature event of our Coalitions and Outreach Program.
On almost a weekly basis, the House Conference invites groups of Americans from across the political spectrum for discussions in the Capitol with our Members, including Committee Chairs and Leadership.
Ranging from a roundtable discussion with 25-30 people to large events with more than 1,000 participants, Meetups are designed to take the House Republican message to every corner of America.
Examples of recent Meetups include:
- Millennial Meetup (March 13, 2014) – included 35 bipartisan Millennial leaders, both college and post-college. Reps. Sean Duffy (42) and Jason Smith (33) led a discussion about the challenges young Americans are having paying back student loans and finding a job.
- Vietnamese American Meetup (March 27, 2014) – included more than 1,000 Vietnamese American leaders from 25 states. The two-hour plenary session in the Capitol Visitor Center included remarks by Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Chris Smith, Marsha Blackburn, Ted Poe, Rob Woodall, Cynthia Lummis and several other members, including former Congressman Joseph Cao.
- Faith Leaders Meetups (February 5 and March 12, 2014) – included more than 500 faith leaders from across the country. The February 5 Meetup was scheduled for the night before the National Prayer Breakfast, allowing Members who had constituents in town for the breakfast to invite them to the Conference. Judge Ken Starr delivered keynote remarks, and the Green family (plaintiffs in the Hobby Lobby case) were the special guests. The plenary session for the March 12 Meetup was held in the Capitol and included remarks from more than 12 Members, including Reps. Doug Collins, Robert Aderholt, and Steve King.