Biography and History

The Office of Government Affairs is Princeton University's primary representative in Washington, D.C., acting as a liaison between University administration and politicians. Located several blocks from the Capitol, the office is headed by a director of Government Affairs who is supported by a staff of assistants and interns, and who reports to the Vice President and Secretary of the University.

Founded in 1979, the office has worked cooperatively with Princetonians, other universities, and special interest groups to support policy initiatives considered beneficial to the University and to higher education in general. Areas of legislation which are of special concern to the Office of Government Affairs include federal student aid, research funding, tax incentives for charitable giving, and immigration policy. The Office of Government Affairs also devotes considerable effort to garnering federal support for plasma physics and nuclear fusion research, a field in which the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is one of the world's major research facilities.

The Office of Government Affairs organizes a number of regular programs for members of Congress and others, the purpose of which are to keep legislators apprised of developments on campus and to gather information about proceedings on Capitol Hill which may affect the University. Typical activities of the office range from simple mass mailings to hosting dinners, speaking engagements, and tours of Princeton's campus and Plasma Physics Laboratory.

Source: From the finding aid for AC213

  • Office of Government Affairs Records. 1976-2003 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC213

    The Office of Government Affairs is Princeton University's primary representative in Washington, D.C., acting as a liaison between University administration and Capitol Hill politicians. The records document the activities of the Office of Government Affairs, and contain correspondence, event files, chronological files, news clippings, and materials pertaining to the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.