Apr 24, 2013

Las Cruces, NM (April 24, 2013) – Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce launched a new initiative designed to further improve communication with New Mexicans as he represents them in Washington. 

“Technology continues to provide new means of communication that our founding fathers never dreamed of, which we can use to help people engage in democracy” said Pearce.  “Using the latest technology, I can communicate with constituents anywhere in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, even while I’m working in Washington.  This helps make sure that my votes and legislation are formed with down-to-the-minute input from the people of New Mexico, and that New Mexicans stay informed on what I’m doing to represent them.”

The “virtual office” is an extension of Rep. Pearce’s ongoing efforts to constantly engage New Mexicans through meetings and town halls, mobile office hours, social media, telephone town halls, weekly newsletters, and other means.  Using state-of-the-art “Virtual Office” software, Rep. Pearce is able to receive video comments from constituents, answer questions on a wide range of policy issues via video messages, and provide information related to legislation, constituent casework, and other issues.

The kickoff “Campus to Congress” event at New Mexico State University today was hosted by volunteers and members of Rep. Pearce’s staff, and was open to the public.  NMSU Student Taylor Williams, who volunteered to help facilitate the virtual interaction, lauded the Congressman for his outreach to New Mexicans.  “The congressman’s virtual office is a great way for students like myself to stay connected and informed about the latest issues taking place in congress,” said Williams.

In the future, the same technology will be available for meetings with constituents across southern New Mexico. 

PHOTO: With the help of student volunteers, NMSU students participate in democracy through Congressman Pearce’s “Virtual Office”