Dear Representatives, 

Welcome! Our names are Katelyn Turner and Carter Martindale, and we are excited to be your staffers for the House Energy and Commerce committee. First, here’s a bit about us: 

Katelyn is a sophomore in Cabot House concentrating in Psychology. She’s from Northern Virginia, about 30 minutes outside of D.C. After graduation, she hopes to attend law school.  Outside of HMC, she works with Harvard Small Claims Advisory Service and teaches dance to elementary students through Harvard's CityStep program. In her free time, Katelyn can be found hanging out with friends, reading a good book, or enjoying a nice cup of coffee. This will be her second time staffing an HMC conference and she can’t wait to meet you all!

Carter is a first-year living in Hollis, and he is thinking about concentrating in Government. He is from Northern Utah, but spent the last two years living in the countries of Moldova and Ukraine. Outside of HMC Carter also works with the Harvard Small Claims Advisory Service, in addition to coaching for the Boston Urban Debate League and working as a counselor for the Mission Hill After-School Program. In his free time, Carter enjoys listening to the latest Lewis Capaldi album, binge watching Marvel movies, and playing with dogs. This will be his first time staffing an HMC conference and he is excited to work with you! 

The House Energy and Commerce Committee was established in 1795 and has operated continuously since then. It is one of the oldest and broadest spanning committees in Congress—responsible for everything from regulating interstate commerce to overseeing communications and digital technology. The name, powers, and jurisdiction of the committee have changed substantially over time, but one thing has remained constant: the committee is cross-cutting and unparalleled in its importance in shaping regulatory outcomes. 

Given the wide range of topics under the committee’s purview, you should come prepared to engage in diverse and stimulating debate. Our legislative agenda this year will be focused on Medicare and Medicaid Expansion and the Economics of Renewable Energy, but we encourage you to come prepared to discuss these topics in an interdisciplinary manner and to apply multiple lenses in crafting legislative solutions. Everyone will come to conference with different levels of familiarity with these topics, especially because they are so broad. Regardless of your past HMC experience or expertise on the briefing topics, we will work hard to ensure that everyone feels included and ready to learn when the conference starts!

We can’t wait to meet all of you for what we think will be the best House Energy and Commerce session yet! We’ve been preparing all year for your arrival and look forward to hearing you debate, collaborate, and learn with us. If you have any questions about the committee or conference in general, feel free to reach out to us!


Katelyn Turner

Carter Martindale

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