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Office of

Thomas Reynolds


Total cost of 31 office trips: $92,413.50


Trips by Thomas Reynolds
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $42,994.78

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL PARTICIPANT IN 2000 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 24, 2000 (8 days)
Expense: $9,120.00
source

Destination: EDINBOROUGH, SCOTLAND
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 11, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $3,549.27
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $5,069.08
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 29, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $717.00
source

Destination: 2003 TRANSATLANTIC CONFERENCE
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS & DEBATES
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $15,174.88
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $6,712.21
source

Destination: ST. MICHAELS, MD
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $913.34
source

Destination: THE TIDES INN, IRVINGTON, VA
Sponsor: Congressional Institute Inc
Purpose: HOUSE LEADERSHIP RETREAT
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $728.00
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: National Republican Congressional Committee
Purpose: BICAMERAL CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Jan 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Reynolds

Michael Brady
Kelly Dixon
Dan Doyle
Sharon Hardie
Sean Mclaughlin
Tina Mufford
Sally Vastola
John Willis



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.
  • 11.10.14

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