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Smith hosts student from Association of Missouri Electric Co-ops

U.S. Representative Jason Smith (MO-08) hosted Missouri students participating in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. June 13.

Twenty-eight students from Southern Missouri, including one from the Association of Missouri Electric Co-ops (AMEC), met Congressman Smith on the U.S. Capitol steps and asked him how their government works and the best methods to advocate for the causes they believe in.

“Advocacy from young folks like yourselves is so effective in having your voice heard,” said Congressman Smith. “I’m proud of each and every one of you already for making this trip to Washington to see your government first-hand and meet your representatives.”

Sponsored by AMEC was Lily Pirtle, from Fredericktown.

One student asked the Congressman what his favorite part of his job is.

“Whether it’s helping a veteran deal with a complicated government agency or making sure someone receives their Social Security benefits, being able to help Missouri families and make a positive impact in their lives is by far the best part of this job,” said Smith.

Congressman Smith has hosted NRECA’s Youth Tour participants every summer.

NRECA’s Youth Tour is a national, annual program where students apply and are selected to participate by their local electric cooperative. According to the NRECA, the purpose of the tour is for “students to gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their Representative and Senators.”

More than 1,500 students across the United States take part in the NRECA Youth Tour each year.

Lily Pirtle of Fredericktown and U.S. Representative Jason Smith

Lily Pirtle of Fredericktown and U.S. Representative Jason Smith

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