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Meet the Better Half: Congressional Partners, Spouses, and Families
  • Date: Friday, February 02, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 am
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Successful Members of Congress don’t just rely on their top-notch staff, healthy donor support, or an on-the-ball communications team. Come hear from Congress’ secret weapons—the spouses and families of our elected officials. The partners, siblings, and children of our Representatives in Washington, DC all make impactful decisions to help and support their congressional families and take on the mantle of public service. Alongside their roles as breadwinners, educators, and homemakers, they often find themselves taking on outsized roles in the campaigns of their politically-engaged family members. Moderated by Dr. Lara Brown, Director of the Graduate School of Political Management, George Washington University, panelists include Former Members of Congress Don Manzullo (R-IL) and his wife Freda Manzullo; and Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and his wife Debra Carnahan.

Presented by the National Archives in partnership with the US Association of Former Members of Congress.

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.