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The value of organizations like the Franklin Center must be underscored because it is vitally important to hold forums where people of varying domestic and international views and both parties can discuss challenging issues like trade and foreign policy. It is critical to break down barriers using sessions and conference like those sponsored by the Franklin Center and that these exchanges have helped preserve the unity of government by enabling Members to educate one another while exploring complex issues.

– Congressman John Larson (D-CT)

Honorary Board

Members of Congress


Honorary Board Senate Chairman

  • Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS)

Senate Chairs

  • Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)
  • Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO)

U.S. House Co-Chairs

  • Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
  • Congressman Jim Renacci¬†(R-OH)
  • Congresswoman Kathleen Rice¬†(D-NY)

U.S. House Vice Chairs

  • Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK)
  • Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)

U.S. House Members

  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  • Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN)
  • Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX)
  • Congressman Mike Capuano (D-MA)
  • Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-MO)
  • Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
  • Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA)
  • Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX)
  • Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
  • Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT)
  • Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA)
  • Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA)
  • Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI)
  • Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
  • Congressman John Larson (D-CT)
  • Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA)
  • Congressman Greg Meeks (D-NY)
  • Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA)
  • Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA)
  • Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA)
  • Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)
  • Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN)
  • Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA)
  • Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY)
  • Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA)
  • Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
  • Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX)
  • Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL)
  • Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA)
  • Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ)
  • Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
  • Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI)
  • Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR)
  • Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN)
  • Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT)

Chairs Emeriti, Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange


Hon. Ed Bethune, Member of Congress, 1979-1985

Hon. Michael G. Oxley, Member of Congress, 1991-2006