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Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill or “Hill Day” was introduced in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in 2003. What began as a small gathering became a public event attracting hundreds of participants. The venue alternates between an office location on the House of Representatives side and the Senate side of Capitol Hill.
Each year, the event features a buffet lunch, remarks by elected officials and other dignitaries, and more than 50 financial literacy exhibits by Jump$tart Coalition National Partners. Hill Day typically attracts more than 300 people including Members of Congress and their staffs, leaders of the financial literacy community, and the general public.
Hill Day’s goal is to introduce Capitol Hill and the public to strides the Jump$tart Coalition and its partners have made in the financial literacy effort; to the most effective financial education programs and resources available now; and to the diversity of organizations and individuals who are working together toward shared goals.
2019 Hill Day
Hill Day occurs every during Financial Literacy Month (April). A specific date for the 2019 Hill Day event will be selected by the U.S. House Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus early in 2019. Learn more about the event, or to sponsor the event, contact Josh Sandler.
Each year, Members of Congress serve as honorary co-hosts for the event.
A Look Back: Hill Day 2018
‘Hill Day’ History
Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill was introduced in 2003 by the Council for Economic Education, Junior Achievement, and the Jump$tart Coalition, with the office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka serving as the original honorary host. Over the years, “Hill Day” has evolved from a small gathering to a public event that attracts hundreds of participants. The location of the event alternates, each year, between an office location on the House of Representatives side and the Senate side of Capitol Hill.
Retired U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) served as honorary co-host on the House side from 2005 – 2015, along with retired U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) through 2011. In 2013, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) took over for Rep. Biggert following her departure from Congress and Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3) joined him as the new honorary co-host in 2017 following Rep. Hinojosa’s retirement. U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) served as honorary co-hosts on the Senate side until Senator Akaka’s retirement. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senator Enzi as honorary co-host in 2014. In 2016, three co-chairs of the Senate Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus took over as the honorary co-hosts and in 2018, the event was honorarily co-hosted by Sen. Reed, along with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).
Laura Levine, president and CEO of the Jump$tart Coalition, has served as the event emcee each year since 2004, representing the many coalition partners that participate. She has said that Hill Day depicts the best of what Jump$tart is as a coalition—a demonstration of the collective strength of our combined efforts, as well as the unique, individual contribution that each organization makes.
Check out a four-minute clip from the 2011 Hill Day in the Cannon House Caucus Room.