Town Halls by the Numbers
Posted at 5:07 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2013
Republican Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte hosts a town hall meeting for constituents of Virginia’s 6th District on Aug. 19 at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona. He addressed everything from gun control to the Benghazi terrorist attacks, but the evening’s main topic was immigration. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)
Updated: Sept. 3, 3:39 p.m. | ‘Tis the season for town hall meetings. To keep you apprised of what’s going on outside of Washington, D.C., during recess, we’re keeping a top 10 tally of members of Congress with the most town halls scheduled, with a little help from our colleagues over in CQ’s Member Information & Research Department.
Our list is based on data gathered from local news sources and lawmakers themselves. For the purposes of this list, we count only events in which the member is available to interact with the public; our numbers will be updated once daily.
The lawmaker who’s still at the head of the pack is freshman Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, who made a bit of news at an Aug. 8 town hall meeting thanks to his response to a question from a self-described “birther princess.” He has 26 events scheduled.
Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado has been the only Democratic lawmaker to crack the top 10 so far, but he was knocked off the list on Aug. 21. He has 10 events scheduled; other Democrats who come closest to making it into the top 10 are Washington Reps. Derek Kilmer (9 events) and Denny Heck (8 events).
When broken down overall by state, Oklahoma leads the way with 58 town halls in August. Texas and California round out the top three with 49 events and 46 events, respectively.
Without further ado, the members with the most town halls scheduled as of Sept. 3:
1. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla. (26)
2. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky. (21)
3. (tie) Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind. (14)
3. (tie) Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. (14)
3. (tie) Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. (14)
6. (tie) Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind. (12)
6. (tie) Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich. (12)
6. (tie) Rep. Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla. (12)
6. (tie) Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis. (12)
10. (tie) Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa (11)
10. (tie) Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb. (11)
10. (tie) Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb. (11)
Tim Yoder contributed to this report.