Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress

The Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress is approaching its 50th Anniversary as the nationally-recognized preeminent educational and preparatory seminar for members of the House of Representatives from both parties. Since its inception in 1972, more than 700 current and former members have participated.

The Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress, Class of 2018

Given Harvard’s remote learning environment this fall, the 2020 Program will take the form of four Zoom convenings in December. This agenda is designed to ensure thoughtful bipartisan discussions on fighting COVID-19, the economy and economic opportunity, and America’s role in the world.  

Most importantly, the program offers one of the few opportunities new members have to get acquainted with colleagues from both sides of the aisle in a neutral environment. To continue the tradition, the first session will provide new representatives with an opportunity to introduce themselves to the full freshman class, sharing their personal story of why they ran for Congress, how they won, and what they hope to accomplish. The program will also provide guidance on the transition from campaign to Capitol Hill from current members of Congress, including Institute of Politics Senior Advisory Committee Members, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R, NY-21), and Congressman Joe Kennedy (D, MA-04).

Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress will be held virtually on:

  • Monday, December 7, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST            
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Monday, December 14, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

For more information about the 2020 conference, including the agenda, speakers, and attendees, click here.

For more information about the 2018 conference, read the press release here, see photos here, or watch thet video below.

For press inquiries, please contact Kelsey Donohue at kelsey_donohue@hks.harvard.edu. For program logistics, please contact Christian Flynn at christian_flynn@hks.harvard.edu.