Conference Header
Conference Header

News: Closing Plenary: Engaging with Congress to Achieve Equitable Communities

AUCD2020 Closing Plenary

November 5, 2020

Join us on Wednesday during the conference for the pre-recorded Closing Plenary: Engaging with Congress to Achieve Equitable Communities to learn about the legislative work and priorities of elected disability advocates in Congress.

This year, we are pleased to annouce that Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (Massachusetts), and Senator Patty Murray (Washington) have pre-recorded their parts for the plenary. John Tschida, AUCD's Executive Director, and Rylin Rodgers, AUCD's Director of Public Policy, are the co-moderators for the discussion.

In prior years, we have heard from leaders on both sides of the aisle, including Senator Bob Casey (Pennsylvania), Senator Steve Daines (Montana), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), Congresswoman Deb Haaland (New Mexico), Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Washington) and Senator Patty Murray (Washington).

Check out our Virtual Capitol Hill Toollkit here to help you learn about Congress and the services that congressional members provide constituents.


Confirmed Speakers for 2020 Closing Plenary:


Senator Sherrod BrownSenator Sherrod Brown

Senator Brown first became elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 to represent Ohioans. He supports strengthening and modernizing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In 2012, Senator Brown voted yes for Senate approval of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a United Nations treaty created to recognize the rights of persons with disabilities and to protect those rights. He is the Ranking Member on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Read more about Senator Brown on his official webpage.

Twitter: @SenSherrodBrown



Senator Bob CaseySenator Bob Casey

Senator Casey has been representing Pennsylvanians since 2006. In the summer of 2020, he hosted a Virtual Disabilitity Employment Summit. Senator Casey is the Ranking Member on the Special Committee on Aging, which can have an oversight role in the legislative process affecting people with disabilities. Read more about Senator Casey on his official webpage.

Twitter: @SenBobCasey





Congresswoman Katherine ClarkRepresentative Katherine Clark

Congresswoman Clark has been representing the Fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts since December 2013. She supports ending wage descrimination, increasing access to afordable healthcare, family paid leave, and other reform measures that affect people with disabilities. Congresswoman Clark is a member of the Committee on Appropriations and the Subcomittee Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; and the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. Read more about Congresswoman Clark on her official webpage.

Twitter: @RepKatherineClark



Senator Patty MurraySenator Patty Murray

Senator Patty Murray of Washington State has been serving in the Senate since 1993. She currently serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which has oversight of legislation affecting people with disabilities. A unique voice in the United States Senate, Patty is known for her down-to-earth, determined style. Read more about Senator Murray on her official webpage.

: @PattyMurray