Students await start of GOP conference

The four IOP students invited to assist at the annual retreat organized for Republican members of Congress in West Virginia are ready to begin work today.

"We are all safely at the Greenbrier and awaiting the start of the conference program tonight," wrote Emily Hall '18. "Our thoughts are with all those involved in the accident earlier today, and we look forward to welcoming the members of Congress when they arrive."

A chartered train carrying Republican lawmakers to the 2018 House and Senate Republican Member Conference collided with a trash truck in Virginia Wednesday morning and left at least one person dead. No serious injuries were reported to the members of Congress on board the train.

The four students will hear firsthand about the policies, issues and political direction President Donald J. Trump, his administration and Congressional leadership are planning for 2018 during the winter GOP summit at the Greenbrier resort in Sulphur Springs.

Kate Krolicki ’20,  Kethan Dahlberg ’18,  Tyler Jenkins ’19  and Hall were invited to work at the event by its  organizer Mark Strand, President of the Congressional Institute and 2017 IOP Fall Fellow. Dahlberg and Krolicki served as liaisons to Strand during his Fellowship.