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Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus Launch

Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus

Join in support by writing your members of Congress


The Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Optics & Photonics (O&P) Caucus is a Congressional organization that will be co-chaired by Representatives Joe Morelle (D-NY) and Brian Mast (R-FL) and Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The O&P Caucus will work to educate members of Congress and their staff about the importance of light-based research and technologies to the United States’ economy, security, and scientific excellence.  It will also advocate for federal investment in this innovative and exciting space. The O&P Caucus will serve as a positive, proactive voice for the optics and photonics community within Congress and as a bridge to the Administration.

We encourage you to ask your Representative and Senators to become a member of the Caucus.

Click here to write your members of Congress using a draft letter that you can customize.  Just input your zip code to reveal the pre-drafted letter you can edit and the system will identify your members of Congress for you based on your zip code.  After you edit the letter, fill-in your contact information and hit send.

As co-leaders of the National Photonics Initiative, The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE have worked closely with Congress over the past year to establish this Caucus. We are very excited about this new voice for the optics and photonics community and look forward to your participation and support!

If you have any questions, please contact David Lang, OSA’s Senior Director of Government Relations, or Brandy Dillingham, OSA’s Government Relations Manager, at


Postponed: In light of continued concern for the COVID-19 pandemic, and out of respect for those unable to commit to such an event at this time, the Optics & Photonics Caucus launch event scheduled for September 9, 2020 has been postponed until later this fall. We have been thrilled with the outpouring of interest and support for the caucus and look forward to an engaging discussion around the importance of the industry at a later date. We will alert the community as soon as a new date has been secured.