On Monday, Oct. 30, U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko visited Mrs. Mary Brown’s Participation in Government and Economics classes. Students had the opportunity to ask questions about current events and politics, ranging from education, environmental disaster, the opioid epidemic, health care, foreign relations, immigration, gun control and freedom of expression.
Congressman Tonko also explained a typical day in the life of a district representative. He spends his weeks in Washington, D.C., taking the train to and from the Capitol, and returns on Fridays to spend time at events with his constituents in the Capital District.
Students then posed questions to the congressman, who candidly described the issue and explained what he is doing or hopes to achieve to best serve the people who elected him into office.
Senior class members were engaged and appreciative of the congressman’s time and knowledge about government policy.