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Michael Walker with students in Minneapolis (photo: @MPS_BlackMales Twitter account)

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BARRETT, JAMES GRESHAM, Republican Party
South Carolina

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $27,866.61

Average cost per trip - $4,644.44
Total number of days spent traveling - 27 days
Rank of representative - 235 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - August 12, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To tour the Department of Energy's nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain
Notes - Spouse Natalie Barrett accompanied. Other costs include helicopter to Yucca and shuttle fees

Travel Cost - $2,016.00
Lodging Cost - $259.42
Meal Cost - $686.00
Other Cost - $812.67
Total Cost - $3,774.09

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - audio visual equipment used by sponsor

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.17
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - GENO
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 20, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Oslo, Norway

Purpose - To speak to Norwegian officials about a prospect that would ensure security of America's food source (from cattle)
Notes - Spouse - Natalie F. Barrett

Travel Cost - $8,681.91
Lodging Cost - $1,087.74
Meal Cost - $362.12
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,131.77

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Discuss agenda for 109th Congress and to get legislative briefings on key issues
Notes - Capitol Hill - Baltimore

Travel Cost - $75.60
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $113.89
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $441.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Areva Inc
Dates - November 27, 2004 - December 3, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France

Purpose - To tour AREVA's nuclear facilities in France that have expertise and operate in every sector of the nuclear power industry, including MOX facilities, nuclear fuel cycle, reactors, instrumentation, nuclear measurement systems and engineering
Notes - Greenville, SC - Paris, France - Greenville, NC

Travel Cost - $1,886.83
Lodging Cost - $1,089.24
Meal Cost - $655.79
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,631.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - To participate in panel discussions for the Trans Atlantic Conference regarding a knowledge-based, global economy
Notes - Dulles Int'l Airport - Frankfurt - Budapest / Budapest - Munich - Dulles

Travel Cost - $6,970.33
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $989.71
Other Cost - $48.67
Total Cost - $9,217.31

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
Michael Walker with students in Minneapolis (photo: @MPS_BlackMales Twitter account)

Boosting Black Male Student Achievement

The Minneapolis Public School District created an Office of Black Male Student Achievement earlier this year. One goal of the office is to help young African American men graduate from high school in greater numbers.

Recent Posts

  • 01.22.15

    Free Community College for All

    President Barack Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for what he calls “responsible students” who are “willing to work for it.” It’s being called “America’s College Promise.” This week on the podcast we examine the prospect of free community college for all.
  • 01.14.15

    What’s in a number?

    Our guest this week has a message for high school seniors and their parents who are poring over the latest college rankings lists: Put ‘em down.
  • 12.23.14

    Who’s missing from the achievement gap debate?

    The achievement gap refers to the disparities in academic success between lower-income students of color and their more affluent white counterparts. But according to Quyen Dinh, executive director of the national advocacy organization Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), one group often left out of the conversation is Southeast Asian American students.
  • 01.05.15

    Following the Money in Education Philanthropy

    Philanthropic foundations have been giving money to public education for years. But our guest this week argues that philanthropies are increasingly pushing specific educational agendas.