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Office of

Marsha Blackburn


Total cost of 27 office trips: $40,178.83


Trips by Marsha Blackburn
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $22,002.52

Destination: JOHNSON CITY, TN
Sponsor: Washington County Republican Party
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN BLACKBURN WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THEIR ANNUAL LINCOLN DAY DINNER
Date: May 9, 2003
Expense: $1,513.00
source

Destination: MEMPHIS, TN, ATLANTA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Tennessee Malt Beverage Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE TENNESSEE MALT BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jul 27, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,134.29
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: National Foundation for Women Legislators Inc
Purpose: WAS A GUEST SPEAKER AT THE NFWL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $642.42
source

Destination: KNOXVILLE, TN-WEST PALM BEACH, FL-NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: Republican National Committee
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN WAS INVITED TO SPEAK AT AN RNC EVENT
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $855.00
source

Destination: ARLINGTON, VA TO CAMBRIDGE, MD TO BWI
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $442.66
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN-WEST PALM BEACH, FL-MEMPHIS, TN
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING TO CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,328.60
source

Destination: NASHVILLE, TN-BOCA RATON, CHARLES RETURNED TO NASHVILLE AND CONGRESSMAN RETURNED TO WASHINGTON DULLES
Sponsor: Futures Industry Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE PANELIST FOR THE CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 19, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $5,469.41
source

Destination: MOBILE, ALABAMA-JACKSONVILLE, FL-NASHVILLE, TN
Sponsor: TENNESSEE GAS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL, KEYNOTE SPEAKING AT THE CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,076.02
source

Destination: FORT MYERS, FL, NASHVILLE, TN, TAMPA, FL, DALLAS TX
Sponsor: Club for Growth Inc
Purpose: SPEAKING AT THE CLUB FOR GROWTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 11, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,934.40
source

Destination: OAKLAND, CA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Apr 2, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $4,096.71
source

Destination: WEST PALM BEACH, FL-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: EXCALIBUR CLASSIC, INC.
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKING AT A FUNDRAISER FOR JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND DUKE UNIVERSITY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Date: Apr 16, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,786.50
source

Destination: ASPEN, CO
Sponsor: Electronic Retailing Association
Purpose: SPEAKING, GIVING KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,723.51
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Marsha Blackburn

Rodney Bacigalupo
Stephen Brophy
Ryan Laskarn
Jesse Ryan Loskarn
Joshua Mullen
Michael Platt



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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