Congressional offices to hand out free inaugural tickets

UPODATED 11/10/08: Click here to read my story posted today with more details about the inaugural tickets and contact information for East Bay members of Congress. Note: I do not have tickets nor can I place you on ticket lists. Please read story to learn how to request tickets.

Tickets to Barack Obama’s inaugural ceremonies in Washington, D.C., are free but you have to contact your congressional representative’s office to obtain them, according to the joint inaugural committee.

The committee is also warning citizens about inaugural ticket sale scams: No organization or website has tickets to sell regardless of what they may advertise, the committee said.

Members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives will be given tickets to distribute, which must be picked up in person a week prior to the inauguration.

Hundreds of inauguration-related events will be held in Washington, D.C., as well, so citizens who hope to participate in this historical event will have plenty of available stops on the party circuit.

Read the full press release below:

Tickets to the 56th Inaugural Ceremonies will be provided free of charge and distributed through Members of the 111th Congress. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies does not provide tickets to the public. Members of the public interested in attending the Inaugural Ceremonies should contact their Member of Congress or U.S. Senators to request tickets.

The public should also be aware that no website or other ticket outlet actually has inaugural swearing-in tickets to sell, regardless of what they may claim. Tickets will not be distributed to Congressional offices until the week before the inauguration and will require in-person pick-up.

“Any website or ticket broker claiming that they have inaugural tickets is simply not telling the truth,” said Howard Gantman, Staff Director for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. “Tickets for the swearing-in of President-elect are all provided through members of Congress, and the President-elect and Vice President-elect through the Presidential Inaugural Committee. We urge the public to view any offers of tickets for sale with great skepticism.”

The members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies are: Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman; Senator Bob Bennett, Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; and House Republican Leader John Boehner.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Yeah, it’s pretty funny. I just keeping posting the requests!

  • ernestine H

    Please send me 6 tickets for the inauguarl ceremonies in washington for Barack Obama.

  • moonman

    dear sir/madam,

    please to be sending me 25 tickets, one for each my childrens, their childrens, and potential puppies I hand-select for president OBAMA.

    thank you god bless you

  • Hey Lisa, I have some McCain-Palin inaugural tickets laying around here someplace that I’m not going to need 🙂 Will that help? 🙂

  • Olivia Elizabeth Brooks

    I live in the District of Columbia. I have been a Obama Supporter since day one. I would please like to have (2) tickets one for me and my (3) year old grandson. I thank you.


  • Magdalena Lewis


    I just became a US Citizen and was proud to vote for Change. I would love to receive 5 tickets. PLEASE!

    Thank you!

  • lueVinniaStrain

    request (4)tickets

  • lueVinniaStrain

    request (4)tickets and thank-you very much.

  • RR

    An Open Letter to the President-elect
    Mr Nixon:
    I requested tickets to your inaugural festivities in 1969 and did not receive any although I did receive a very nice letter from your campaign staff. I feel let down. I hope this is not an indicator of what your term will be like!

  • Maua

    Offices have been bombarded with requests.
    Is anyone, general public, likely to receive any?

  • Bintou Kaba-Henderson

    Im a newly made citizen and would like to request 4 tickets for my family. Esp my young son who would love to be a part of this once in a lifetime experience.

    thank you

  • Shakira J.

    This was my second election and a first for some of my family memembers. I didn’t think at first I would be able to go and now realize how impossible it may be because of high demand. If ANYONE out there is unable to go or have an extra ticket I would love to recieve whatever tickets you may have. This will be a first for me and my husband as well as my first child, if anything she was born at a time of historic history!
    Blessed are those attending! Enjoy!

    Thank you!

  • Sherry Middleton


    My name is Sherry Middleton. I would like to request 2 tickets for the 2009 presidential inagurration. I want to witness this historic event in person. I would love to be able to tell my kids that I was present when the first black president of the United States became president. I never thought that there would be anything worth seeing “history wise” in my time. I know this is a long shot but everyone said Obama winning was a long shot too:-)

    Sherry 716 812 4940

  • Tanya

    Do ALL congressional offices (including committees) receive tickets? Thanks.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    Not committees, I don’t believe, but members’ offices.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    As for all of you who have asked for tickets, please reread the top of this post: I am a reporter, not a member of Congress. I have no tickets. I don’t even have a ticket for myself!

  • Eric Holloway

    Eric & Bobbie Holloway
    207 West 6th Street
    Stuttgart, AR 72160

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Please send me four complimentary tickets to any of the events that are held between January 15 thru 18 that we can attend before the Inargural Address as this would be greatly appreciated. I would like to receive these tickets before I travel to the Washington D. C. area.

    Thank you in advance

  • HELP…PENTAGON LEGEND, WEST POINTER,COL wondering where to get obama mil ball tickets? thx

  • Joyce Small

    Please be very careful with tickets from
    your Congressperson. I was told on 1/09/09
    that I had 2 tickets for the inaugural ceremony
    then I was told today 1/11/09 that I didn’t
    get tickets after all. I guess the intern
    who told me that I had 2 tickets waiting for
    me was sadly mistaken. Now not only
    don’t I have no parade tickets..but no inaugural
    ceremony tickets either. I am hoping
    that this was all a very sad mistake.
    Maybe what would make me feel better is
    a nice big blizzard on 1/20/09!!

  • Joyce Small

    No tickets after all after hearing today
    from the administrative director for my
    senator after being told by his intern
    that I did have 2 tickets. All this is
    making me very mad!! Next time don’t
    contact me if the answer is no.

  • My name is Wesley B. Jones. I live at 5459 Chatham Woods Drive (Dr) in Columbus, GA 31907. I have a neighbor,Mrs. Mirchelle B. Johnson. She lives at 5459 Chatham Woods Court (Ct) in Columbus, GA 31907. We live in the same neighborhood, but on different streets and are in no way connected as a family. We were both volunteers for the Obama campaign for change. The Presidential Inaugural Committee sent one beautiful invitation to Mrs. Johnson’s home addressed to: Ms. Mirchelle B. Johnson and Wesley Jones, Somehow somebody got things mixed up. We both would like to have our own invitation. Since the one we received went to 5459 Chatham Woods Ct, Mrs. Johnson will keep it. I would love for them to send me,Wesley B. Jones, one. Again, I live at 5459 Chatham Woods Drive. This is the only blog that I could tap into. I only hope that somebody from the PIC will read it. Thanks, Wesley B. Jones (I enjoyed reading the other free expression comments) corrected comment

  • Larry Powell

    Where can I get tickets to the presention ingration?

  • Melissa

    Are these people constantly leaving requests for tickets blind or just plain stupid?

  • Melissa

    Also, who leaves their name and address and phone number on a publicly available website? How do you think scam artists get away with what they do? Because people who aren’t too bright give them all the info they need, and then wonder how that sort of thing happened to them. Good lord.

  • TexChik