REPORT: Harder Among “Most Accessible” Representatives in Congress
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) was named by Town Hall Project as the eighth-most accessible freshman member of the House of Representatives in 2019 based on his commitment to holding town halls at home in the Central Valley. Rep. Harder is in the top five percent of all members of Congress for the number of town halls hosted.
“I came to Congress to be a megaphone for the Central Valley – and the only way I can do that is by listening to what folks have to say,” said Rep. Harder. “Town halls help me keep a finger on the pulse of our community - and ideas and concerns I’ve heard from those who come out to have their voices heard have helped to inspire nearly all the bills I’ve introduced so far.”
"It's vital for the health of our democracy that elected leaders regularly meet with, and listen to, the people they represent -- Democrats, Republicans, and independents,” said Nathan Williams, Executive Director, Town Hall Project. “In his first year in Congress, Josh Harder set a high bar for accountability -- ranking in the top 5% in Congress in number of town halls held, and 2nd in the California delegation. We applaud him and his staff for their commitment to listening to his fellow Californians."
In addition to hosting town halls, Rep. Harder hosted 18 office hour events, which are an opportunity for community members to meet one-on-one with Rep. Harder to ask questions, share ideas, and get help with federal issues. He has also hosted five telephone town halls and a Facebook Live town hall.
Representative Harder has also made significant efforts to guarantee folks know when and where he’s hosting events. Not only does he post information regarding town halls and office hours on his official website, Rep. Harder makes the information available on his Facebook page. Constituents who have signed up for Rep. Harder’s e-newsletter program also receive email invitations.