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Bridget Johnson


December 12, 2012 - 2:14 pm

One House Democrat is asking her colleagues to agree to redistribution … of inauguration tickets.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-D.C.) office said it has received “well over 2,500 requests” for inauguration passes.

With fewer than 200 allocated to each member of Congress, Norton sent a letter to her colleagues in the House and Senate asking them to donate some of their allotted tickets to her office for residents of the city hosting the inauguration.

“Unlike other jurisdictions…my constituents have only one office to turn to for inauguration tickets,” Norton wrote. “In 2009, members found that many of their constituents would not be traveling here for the inauguration and were very generous in giving our office tickets they weren’t using.”

Norton plans to hold a lottery to allocate the tickets her office receives at a date to be determined. District residents may enter that lottery by visiting the Congresswoman’s website,, and clicking on the “2013 Inauguration Information” link on the homepage. Interested people must hit up their own representatives.

Four years ago, 1.8 million people poured into the National Mall to witness Obama’s swearing in. Crowds are expected to be smaller next month.

For example, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) received more than 20,000 ticket requests for Obama’s first inaugural, but has reportedly received 9,300 ticket requests this time around.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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