Featured Members of Congress
Over the past several decades, NCRA's Government Relations Department has worked closely with Congress to protect and advance the court reporting profession. We think it is important to recognize and thank members of Congress that have over the years been very supportive of court reporters and the court reporting industry overall. These members of Congress, as well as numerous others, have worked diligently on Capitol Hill to give a voice to the interests of the court reporting profession.
Members of the US House of Representatives
Rep. Ron Kind - Congressman Kind is a long time supporter of the issues that affect court reporters day-to-day. Rep. Kind sponsored the legislation authorizing the Veteran's History Project, of which NCRA is an active participant.
Rep. Rob Andrews - Rep. Andrews was a champion for the Training for Realtime Writers Act. This program offers grants to court reporting programs to train captioners, CART providers, and realtime reporters.
Rep. John Shimkus - Rep. Shimkus previously had the court reporting school Midstate College in the district. He has over the years been very supportive in legislation for court reporters. Recently, Rep. Shimkus spoke to attendees of NCRA's Legislative Boot Camp on the importance of citizen advocacy.
Rep. Robert Aderholt - Rep. Aderholt has a court reporting school in his district, Gadsden State Community College. He has also been very helpful when it comes to introducing and supporting legislation for court reporters. Recently, Rep. Aderholt sponsored H.R. 3808, the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act, legislation that was supported by NCRA.
Rep. Lamar Smith - Rep. Smith was a co-sponsor of the Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2012. The Local Courthouse safety Act would provide more safety equipment and training to courthouses around the country.
Sen. Al Franken - Sen. Franken’s leadership and commitment to the safety of local courthouses has been very beneficial in an effort to raise awareness to the recent violence that has occurred in courthouses across the country. He is an original co-sponsor of the Local Courthouse Safety Act.
Sen. John Boozman - Sen. Boozman with Sen. Franken is an original co-sponsor of the Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2012. The Local Courthouse safety Act would provide more safety equipment and training to courthouses around the country.