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ISTOOK, ERNEST J JR, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $72,810.58

Average cost per trip - $4,854.04
Total number of days spent traveling - 60 days
Rank of representative - 67 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational, retreat
Notes - accompanied by spouse Judy Istook

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost - $292.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $441.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Dates - November 7, 2003 - November 8, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dana Point, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement before the board of directors meeting
Notes - Other costs are for phone calls

Travel Cost - $692.50
Lodging Cost - $627.58
Meal Cost - $266.35
Other Cost - $34.57
Total Cost - $1,621.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Opportunity for members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry, to share areas of concern and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild our sea services and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation, phones and other.

Travel Cost - $526.00
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost - $535.00
Total Cost - $1,611.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for First Principles
Dates - August 14, 2003 - August 21, 2003 (8 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic - Vienna, Austria - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Educational - meetings with US Embassy and government officials in Europe.
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Travel Cost - $15,609.68
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $644.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,819.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington Policy Center
Dates - April 23, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - Overview of Seattle transportation infrastructure and needs.
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,263.60
Lodging Cost - $874.94
Meal Cost - $120.10
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,258.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Judy Istook, meals incl in lodging

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $226.80
Lodging Cost - $425.26
Meal Cost - $608.94
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $1,300.41

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - Member - Spouse Retreat on "Historical Memory & Healing"
Notes - Washington, DC - Charleston, SC

Travel Cost - $403.28
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,128.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives (AAAE)
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Kona, HI

Purpose - Attend and participate in the AAAE Conference
Notes - Charleston, SC - Chicago, IL - Los Angeles, CA - Kona, HI / Kona, HI - Chicago, IL - OKC, OK

Travel Cost - $10,324.30
Lodging Cost - $914.72
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,239.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - March 10, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Attend and participate in the Club for Growth's Economic Winter Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Myers, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $809.30
Lodging Cost - $975.00
Meal Cost - $895.00
Other Cost - $180.00
Total Cost - $2,859.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - IBM
Dates - October 1, 2004 - October 1, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Yorktown Heights, NY

Purpose - Tour IBM New York research facilities
Notes - Washington, DC - Yorktown Heights, NY - Hawthorne, NY Including spouse

Travel Cost - $358.92
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $25.00
Other Cost - $4.00
Total Cost - $387.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Assn of Airport Executives
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lihue, HI - Kauai, HI

Purpose - Attend 2004 Aviation Issues conference
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - Lihue - Kauai - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $9,706.00
Lodging Cost - $2,144.75
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,850.75

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To expand trade relations between Oklahoma and China
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - China - Oklahoma City, OK Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,048.00
Lodging Cost - $2,800.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,848.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation, Pepperdine Univ
Dates - August 15, 2005 - August 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Malibu, CA

Purpose - Pepperdine University and the Heritage Foundation conference on entitlement reform
Notes -

Travel Cost - $573.80
Lodging Cost - $477.00
Meal Cost - $707.78
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $1,856.58

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks |
Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Minorities and Special Ed

For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.

Recent Posts

  • 06.23.15

    Learning from Video Games

    A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.
  • 06.17.15

    Teaching the Birds and the Bees

    For more than a century, Americans have been arguing about how to teach children about the birds and the bees in public schools. A new book argues that for all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it.
  • 06.11.15

    What can Japan teach us about teaching?

    Coming up this fall we'll be releasing a documentary about teacher preparation - how people learn to become teachers and how they get better once they're in the classroom. This week: how do Japanese teachers learn to improve on the job?
  • 06.02.15

    Million-Dollar Teacher

    When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought she’d go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers.