Rep. Todd Platts (R-PA)

Congressional Arts Leadership
2012
Representative Platts receives the Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts' President and CEO Robert Lynch at Arts Advocacy Day 2012

Throughout his tenure in Congress, Rep. Todd Plats has been recognized for his strong arts leadership. Since 2009, he has co-chaired the Congressional Arts Caucus with Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY). The caucus, currently composed of 187 members of Congress, is the primary voice for arts leadership in the House of Representatives and is often called upon to organize against funding cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and to support wider pro-arts policies.

Most recently, Rep. Platts successfully took to the House floor to help turn back a $10 million cut to the National Endowment for the Arts budget, successfully urging fellow representatives to oppose the reduction. He has also been an outspoken supporter of arts education as a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, which oversees national education policy.