Congress is off this week: Where to find your representative

By Christie Zizo, Digital Media Producer
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 3:17 PM EST

The members of the U.S. House and Senate are spending this week back home in their states and districts, but few are planning public events with their constituents.

The week of Feb. 20 is marked in the U.S. House calendar as a District Work Week. That means your lawmakers may be in their district offices. These work weeks are meant to help representatives keep in contract with their constituents.

But as of right now, few lawmakers have announced plans for any public appearances. 

In some cases, they are still working on nailing down details. 

In some cases, though, raucous town hall meetings in Pasco County and in Salt Lake City, Utah have lawmakers shying away.

It's not a new phenomenon. In 2009, after a summer of ugly town hall meetings for the Affordable Care Act, many Democrats refrained from holding the public events.

Now with the Affordable Care Act being repealed, many are concerned about what will replace it, or if it will be replaced at all.

In addition to the following public events, several lawmakers are taking part in a "Save Healthcare Rally" Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. on Princeton Street near Florida Hospital and the Orlando Science Center.

We are asking lawmakers if they will be holding any events. As lawmakers respond, we will add them to this list.

  • Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida
    Spokesman: Schedule is still in flux at the moment
    In Tallahassee Monday, meeting with FL House, Senate Democrats, speaking at FAMU
  • Sen, Marco Rubio, R-Florida
    No announcements at the moment
  • Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Marineland
    Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:15 p.m.
    Tele-town Hall meeting
  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park
    Friday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.
    Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce

    “As you know, the Congresswoman held three listening sessions in January in Orange County, North Seminole County and South Seminole County. This upcoming week she will be attending meetings and participating in round table discussions with local leaders and organizations in the district," said communications director Roberto Valdez. 

    "We look forward to hosting more district listening sessions in the near future.“
  • Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee
    Saturday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m.
    ACA Town Hall Meeting
    1 Courthouse Square #4700 Kissimmee, FL
  • Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando
    Sunday, Feb. 26 from 3-5 p.m.
    Town Hall meeting on Affordable Care Act
    Dr. Phillips High School, Turkey Lake Road, Orlando
  • Rep. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden
    Friday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m.
    New District Office Open House
    Sumter County Annex Buildings
    8015 E. County Rd. 466 Suite B, The Villages, FL
  • Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland
    Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
    Town Hall Meeting
    Clermont City Hall
    620 W Montrose St, Clermont, FL