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CONGRESSIONAL TASK FORCE

The Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome is a bipartisan group of federal Senators and Representatives who work together to support the interests of the Down syndrome community. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation works closely with members of the Task Force to make sure that our community’s voices are heard in Congress.

Don’t see your Representative or Senator on the list? Learn how you can ask them to join the Task Force.

Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome — House of Representatives

Brian Babin (R-TX)
Diane Black (R-TN)
Julia Brownley (D-CA)
Cheri Bustos (D-IL)*
Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)
Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Ryan Costello (R-PA)
John Delaney (D-MD)
Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX)
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Joseph Kennedy lll (D-MA)

Ted Lieu (D-CA)
David Loebsack (D-IA)
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
Thomas MacArthur (R-NJ)
Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)
Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
James McGovern (D-MA)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)*
Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ)
Mark Pocan (D-WI)
Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-American Samoa)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)*
Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
Pete Sessions (R-TX)*
Adam Smith (D-WA)
Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA)
David Valadao (R-CA)
Greg Walden (R-OR)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)

Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome — Senate

Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Robert Casey (D-PA)*

Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Jerry Moran (R-KS)*
Pat Roberts (R-KS)

History of the Task Force
The Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus was founded in May 2008 by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) along with co-chairs Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX), former Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) to educate members of Congress and their staff about Down syndrome and lead efforts to advance bipartisan public policy to help individuals with Down syndrome. In 2015, the Caucus expanded to include Senators and was reestablished as the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome. Today, the following Representatives and Senators serve as co-chairs:

Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome — Co-Chairs

Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL)
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Senator Robert Casey (D-PA)
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Learn more about how you can get involved in Global’s work with Congress.

INVITE YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO JOIN THE TASK FORCE

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation works closely with members of Congress to ensure that the needs and priorities of people with Down syndrome are addressed in federal legislation. Many members of Congress have demonstrated their commitment to the Down syndrome community by joining the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome. If your Senator or Representative isn’t a member, you can help by asking them to join.

How to ask your Senator or Representative to join the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome:

1) Start with this sample letter. Feel free to personalize it and write why its important for you to have your Senator or Representative join the Task Force.

2) Look up your Senator or Representative:

Senators: click here to look up your Senators by their names or your state. Click on the contact link that appears by their name in the search results.

Representatives: click here in your zip code to find your Representative’s name. Click on the small envelope icon below their name ( ) to access their email address or contact page.

3) Send in your letter! When you use the above steps to look up your Senator or Representative, the links will take you to a page with an email address or a contact page. Copy your personalized letter into an email or into the contact field and send it in to make your voice heard!

ADVOCACY

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation works closely with members of Congress to advocate for people with Down syndrome. If you would like to be involved in our congressional advocacy work, there are lots of ways to get involved.

How can I join Global’s congressional advocacy efforts?

1) If your Senator or Representative isn’t a member of the Congressional Task Force on Down Syndrome, ask them to join.

2) Sign up to receive updates about legislation that impacts people with Down syndrome.

3) Schedule a meeting with your Senator or Representative in Washington, D.C. or your home state. Or contact advocacy@globaldownsyndrome.org for more assistance.