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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Back to The Data

Office of

Tom Cole


Total cost of 30 office trips: $88,416.72


Trips by Tom Cole
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $39,900.13

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: ORIENTATION FOR NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $519.50
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $9,032.20
source

Destination: CHICAGO-OHARE
Sponsor: National Food Processors Association
Purpose: TOUR FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS TO LEARN ABOUT SAFETY PROCEDURES, FOOD PROCESSING, LABELING AND PACKAGING
Date: Aug 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,096.00
source

Destination: WICHITA, KS
Sponsor: Koch Industries
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN COLE PARTICIPATED IN KOCH INDUSTRIES POLICY FORUM
Date: Aug 29, 2003
Expense: $605.25
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $10,668.96
source

Destination: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: PRE-PAID LEGAL SERVICES INC
Purpose: PRE PAID LEGAL SERVICES, INC. BIANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Sep 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $412.90
source

Destination: OKC-PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (PRINCETON, NJ)
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN POLARIZATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,079.83
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,782.84
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.54
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPOKE TO A CLASS OF STUDENTS ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Date: Apr 4, 2005
Expense: $532.90
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $6,617.15
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Cole

Chris Arnold
Christopher Caron
Keri Dennis
Rob Johnson
Pete Kirkham
Scott Parman
Brad Watson



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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

The Obama administration recently declared that it would no longer pursue a college ratings system based on accessibility, affordability and student success. And college presidents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

Recent Posts

  • 07.23.15

    Sweet Briar Returns

    Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.
  • 07.15.15

    The Future of Historically Black Colleges

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
  • 07.07.15

    Talking About Race in Schools

    Over the past year, race relations have dominated the news cycle. This can bring up difficult questions, especially for parents and teachers. Our guest Yolanda Moses says Americans need to find more ways to talk about race in schools.
  • 07.02.15

    Minorities and Special Ed

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