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Joe Biden to Address NEA’s Virtual Representative Assembly

WASHINGTON - June 23, 2020 -

Vice President Joe Biden will address the nearly 8,000 delegates at the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly (RA) and take part in townhall-style conversation with NEA members on Friday, July 3. The RA will be held virtually this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, July 3–4. In March, NEA recommended Joe Biden in the Democratic Primary, throwing the weight of America’s largest union behind Biden.

Vice President Biden has been a champion for public education throughout this campaign and his career. Educators know that as President, Biden will boost opportunities for America’s students, build an economy that works for all Americans, work to dismantle systemic racism, and strengthen the voice of working Americans.    

He and Dr. Jill Biden, herself an educator and longtime NEA member, have consistently reached out to educators across the country, building broad support among NEA members. He attended all three of NEA’s presidential forums, in Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Texas, and recorded a video interview with NEA President Lily Eskelsen García to make his case to educators. This outreach to educators has continued since March, as VP and Dr. Biden have listened to educators on the front lines of the COVID crisis about the heroic work they have done to support their students and communities, and what is needed to safely reopen school buildings this fall.

The RA is the top decision-making body for the nearly 3 million-member NEA, and sets Association policy for the coming year.

WHO: Vice President Joe Biden and NEA President Lily Eskelsen García

WHAT:  Address delegates to the NEA’s 99th Representative Assembly

 WHEN: Friday, July 3, at 3:15 PM ET 

WHERE: Media must RSVP by emailing Eric Jotkoff before July 1 at 1:00 PM ET



Media wishing to cover VP Biden’s address to NEA’s RA must agree to the following ground rules. By RSVPing, members of the media agree to the following:

  • Media wishing to cover the event must RSVP to Eric Jotkoff no later than July 1 at 1:00 PM ET.
  • Press access is available only to credentialed media from legitimate news outlets, determined solely at the discretion of NEA.
  • Credentials will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis, and are not guaranteed due to limited capacity on the streaming platform.
  • Credentialed reporters must log in using their unique access code and URL at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.
  • Media access to NEA’s RA will only be available during the portion of the event featuring Vice President Biden; media access for the RA’s other business will not be available.



CONTACT: Eric Jotkoff  (202) 822-7355,