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Former Lawmaker Recounts Start of Congressional Email

By Bridget Bowman and JM Rieger

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Former Rep. Jim Coyne called in to WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Tuesday to reminisce about the early stages of computer technology on Capitol Hill to bring a “historical perspective” to the discussion. “Back in 1982 I set up the first email system for folks, constituents, to contact their congressman, 33 years ago,” Coyne said. “So I heard a comment earlier that Congress was a little slow to embrace new technology, but we did our best back in the early ‘80s to open up.” The Kojo Nnamdi Show is partnering with Roll Call, WAMU’s Metro Connection and the Folger Shakespeare Library for a weeklong stint on Capitol Hill. Tune in from 12-2 p.m. this week for more.

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