Many Oregonians will be traveling to Washington DC next week to celebrate Barack Obama’s second inauguration as President of the United States. I want to welcome all visitors to the nation’s capitol and provide some information that may be useful for your stay.

My office at 1111 Longworth House Office Building will be holding an open house Sunday, January 20th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There may be security lines getting into the House Office Buildings during this time, but I hope it doesn’t discourage you from saying hello.

The Presidential Inauguration will take place on Monday, January 21. While there will be areas roped off for those who have tickets, there will be areas where unticketed individuals and families may take part in this historic event. Attendees seeking more detailed information and maps should visit the Inaugural Committee’s website. Those with tickets should plan for long lines at all entrances to the ticketed areas. Gates will open at 7:00 a.m., and a musical prelude begins at 9:45 a.m.

Please monitor the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

With increased security and street closings, you are strongly encouraged to use Metro rail to travel to the inauguration and to arrive early.

Outdoor, portable restrooms are located throughout the U.S. Capitol grounds and on the National Mall in both the ticketed and non-ticketed areas.

Additional information, and a complete list of prohibited items not allowed within the ticketed areas, is available at the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website. 

My office does not have tickets for the Inaugural Ball or ticketed seats for the Inaugural Parade.

I also want to let you know about an event happening on Saturday, January 19.  The Oregon State Society of Washington, D.C. is hosting a reception in honor of the inauguration. Due to U.S. House of Representative ethics rules, I am unable to provide a link to the Oregon State Society website or to the event page. However, simply searching for "Oregon State Society" on your preferred search engine should provide you with access to the website.

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