Sen. Wyden holds 900th town hall: 'This is what the Founding Fathers wanted us to do'
Sen. Ron Wyden will held his 900th Oregon town hall on Monday, July 2, in Eugene at Roosevelet Middle School.
“I promised Oregonians when I was elected that I would hold annual open-to-all town halls in each of our state’s 36 counties so anybody could ask me any question in any public meeting,” Wyden said. “Throwing open the doors of government for town halls for these conversations is a must in our democracy, and I look forward very much to hearing from Lane County next week in the city that holds such special memories for me.”
Wyden attended law school at the University of Oregon and started his career advocating on behalf of seniors here.
This town hall comes as part of Wyden's focus on the First Amendment during the Fourth of July period. Wyden's staff said the senator aims to celebrate the freedoms of assembly, speech, religion and press at these town halls.
"This is what the Founding Fathers wanted us to do, especially on the Fourth of July," Wyden said of Monday's event.
"Main thing I'm going to do is listen. Everybody in Washington, D.C., wants to talk a lot. Sometimes by the time they are done talking, they haven't even spent any time listening," he said. "This is First Amendment country. This is where we like to get together and peacefully talk about the challenges and how we're going to take them on."
Wyden touched on the shooting last week at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, in addressing the work done by local journalists.
He led a round of applause for local journalists as part of his "First Amendment Fourth" theme to this week's town halls that brought the crowd to its feet.