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THUNE, JOHN, Republican Party
South Dakota

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $15,711.64

Average cost per trip - $2,244.52
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 355 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Association
Dates - January 30, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding/education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $430.50
Lodging Cost - $310.64
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $806.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - agriculture committee planning
Notes - transportation is for bus ride

Travel Cost - $10.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $30.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yorba Linda Friends Church
Dates - December 2, 2001 - December 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,598.75
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,898.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - February 23, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - legislative conference
Notes - Spouse Kimberley Thune accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,256.00
Lodging Cost - $1,125.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,331.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Yorba Linda Friends Church
Dates - November 2, 2001 - November 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - filed 5/8/02

Travel Cost - $1,598.75
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,898.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Attend a legislative conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,683.00
Lodging Cost - $1,844.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,847.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Grain & Feed Assn
Dates - March 31, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - To serve on a panel at National Grain & Feed Association's annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,800.00
Lodging Cost - $850.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,900.00

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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    Tracking and vocational ed

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    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

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    Is school funding fair?

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