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TIERNEY, JOHN, Democratic Party
Massachusetts

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $47,956.81

Average cost per trip - $6,850.97
Total number of days spent traveling - 37 days
Rank of representative - 132 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of Bell Retirees
Dates - May 11, 2001 - May 11, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlantic City, NJ

Purpose - To speak on retiree health bill introduced by Congressman Tierney
Notes - May 11 at personal expense

Travel Cost - $847.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $847.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - with spouse Patrice

Travel Cost - $3,974.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,974.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - with spouse Patrice - other covered ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,286.60
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,126.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New England Board of Higher Education
Dates - September 27, 2003 - September 27, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Portland, ME

Purpose - New England Board of Higher Education in cooperation with The College Board conference on "Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, The New England Impact."
Notes - with spouse Patrice

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $201.29
Meal Cost - $54.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $255.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - spouse Patrice Tierney

Travel Cost - $3,276.02
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,896.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Education Reform
Notes - Boston, MA - Cancun, Mexico - Boston, MA

Travel Cost - $2,377.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,097.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - Boston, MA - China - Boston, MA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $15,398.10
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost - $2,030.00
Total Cost - $20,760.10

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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  • 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.
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    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.