Financial Literacy Day on Capital Hill

Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill was introduced in 2003 in conjunction with the office of then U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI).  Known in the financial literacy community simply as “Hill Day,” what began as a small gathering has grown into a public event attracting hundreds of participants. The location of the event alternates each year between the House of Representatives side and the Senate side of Capitol Hill.  Visit Jump$tart's Facebook page to see photos of previous Hill Day Events.  (You will be leaving jumpstart.org.)

Honorary Co-Hosts

Each year, Members of Congress serve as honorary co-hosts for the event.  Honorary hosts have traditionally been chairs of the House or Senate Financial Literacy Caucus.

Hill Day 2018

Honorary co-hosts for 2018 are U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) This year's event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on April 12, 2018, in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902. The event features remarks by Members of Congress and other dignitaries, exhibits by more than 50 organizations dedicated to financial literacy, and a buffet lunch.  The event is free and open to the public. Learn more about Hill Day 2018.  

Hill Day History

Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill was introduced in 2003 by the Council for Economic Education, Junior Achievement and the Jump$tart Coalition, with the office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) serving as the original honorary host. U.S. Representative Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX-15) served as honorary co-host on the House side from 2005 - 2015, along with Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) through 2011.  In 2013 Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) took over for Representative Biggert following her departure from Congress and Representative Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3) became the new honorary co-host in 2017 following Rep. Hinojosa's retirement.  U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) served as honorary co-hosts on the Senate side until Senator Akaka's retirement. U.S. Sentator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senator Enzi as honorary co-host in 2014.  In 2016, three co-chairs of the Senate Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus took over as the honorary co-hosts.    

The event features a free buffet lunch and the financial literacy exhibits from more than 50 non-profit, for-profit, and government entitites. Laura Levine, president and CEO of the Jump$tart Coalition, has served as the event emcee each year since 2004, representing the many coalition partners that participate. She has said that Hill Day depicts the best of what Jump$tart is as a coalition—a demonstration of the collective strength of our combined efforts, as well as the unique, individual contribution that each organization makes.

Check out a four-minute clip from the 2011 Hill Day in the Cannon House Caucus Room.  (You will be leaving jumpstart.org)