IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING TOURS

As you may be aware, this is my final year in the United States Congress. Because there are just a few months left in 2018, my staff will begin winding down various constituent services, including casework, flag requests, and tours.  Accordingly, no further tour requests will be processed past October 1, 2018.   

All tour requests that have been submitted prior to October 1, 2018, and are pending with our office will still continue to be processed. Constituents who do not have pending tour requests and wish to make a request are encouraged to reach out to either Senator John Cornyn’s or Senator Ted Cruz’s office, or wait until the new Representative is elected and takes office in January of 2019. 

Senator John Cornyn
5001 Spring Valley Rd.
Ste. 1125 E
Dallas, Texas, 75244
972-239-1310
www.cornyn.senate.gov


Senator Ted Cruz
Lee Park Tower II
3626 N. Hall St., Ste. 410
Dallas, Texas, 75219
214-599-8749
www.cruz.senate.gov




TOUR THE CAPITOL AND WHITE HOUSE:


In order to make your time in D.C. more enjoyable, my office offers Congressional tours of the Capitol.  We can also reserve tours for you and your family to the White House (East Wing) if given enough advanced notice. If you would like to request a tour, please review the information below and then fill out the Tour Request Form. If you have any questions while filling out the form, please contact my Washington, D.C. office (202-225-4201) and ask to speak to our tour coordinator. 

Please note there are a limited number of spaces available and reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. I recommend you make your reservations up to three months in advance if possible. My office will then contact you by phone or e-mail regarding ticket availability.  Completing a tour request form does not guarantee tickets. 


United States Capitol


All tours of the United States Capitol now begin in the Capitol Visitor Center, which is located below the East Plaza of the Capitol between Constitution and Independence Avenues.  The Visitor Center is open to the public from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (with tours ending at 4:00 PM), Monday through Saturday.  It is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Inauguration Day.  Tours are free, but passes are required.  Please contact our office so that we can assist you in scheduling your tour in advance.  We would be happy to help plan your trip to the historic U.S. Capitol. 

The following items are prohibited in the Capitol Visitors Center and Capitol: aerosol containers, any pointed object, cans and bottles, electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices, food or beverages of any kind, guns, replica guns, ammunition, fireworks, knives, mace and pepper spray, non-aerosol spray, razors, and box cutters. 


The White House
 (East Wing) 

Typically, tours of the home of the President of the United States are available Tuesday through Saturday between 7:30 am and 12:30 pm. You must contact your Congressional office for availability at least 6 weeks in advance of the visit; however, we strongly encourage constituents to submit their requests 3 months in advance to increase your chances of getting the tour approved.

Due to security risks, all persons on the tour are subject to background checks by the Secret Service. When you submit a White House tour request to my Congressional office, you must be ready to disclose the following information for each person in your tour group: full name, Social Security Number, date of birth, and country of origin (if not a U.S. citizen).

The following items are prohibited: Backpacks, purses or handbags, duffle bags, suitcases, strollers, cameras, video recorders, any type of recording device, aerosol and non-aerosol sprays including perfumes, mace and pepper spray, cans and bottles, food and beverages of any kind, knives of any length, razors, box cutters, tobacco products, personal grooming items (makeup, hair brush or comb, lipstick, hand lotion, etc.) and any pointed items (pens, knitting needles, etc.).

It is suggested that you leave everything behind except for necessary forms of identification for all persons 15 and older. There is no place to store anything that you bring. If you bring prohibited items with you, you will be turned away from the tour. The U.S. Secret Service reserves the right to prohibit any other personal items. If you need to bring medication, have it properly identified. If the medication belongs to a minor, be aware that it must remain with an adult for the duration of the tour.