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HOLDEN, TIM, Democratic Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 4
Total cost of trips - $12,136.78

Average cost per trip - $3,034.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 12 days
Rank of representative - 404 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - New York Mercantile Exchange
Dates - June 22, 2001 - June 22, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Discuss energy functions of exchange
Notes -

Travel Cost - $328.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $438.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Counties
Dates - July 13, 2001 - July 14, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Clair, PA

Purpose - Address the Transportation Steering Committee of NACo
Notes - Spouse Gwen Holden accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $229.42
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $229.42

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Railroads, Burlington Northern & Sante Fe
Dates - July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Attend the AAR legislative conference.
Notes - Spouse Gwen Holden accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,712.28
Lodging Cost - $784.28
Meal Cost - $654.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,150.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Railroads
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 10, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - FL

Purpose - To provide a comprehensive overview of the condition of the railroads and an examination of current transportation policy issues
Notes - Harrisburg, PA - Florida - Harrisburg, PA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $2,714.80
Lodging Cost - $1,554.00
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,318.80

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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    The Utility of a PhD

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  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
  • 11.12.14

    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

    Some predicted radio would be a powerful force for democratizing information and spreading knowledge to a vast population previously separated by geography or income. But the new technology also raised anxieties.