Celebrities have been known to testify in front of Congress for causes they care about, but only one of those celebrities was a red, fuzzy monster. In 2002, Elmo, a beloved resident of Sesame Street, met with Congress to discuss more funding for music programs in schools.
Elmo is the only non-human to testify in front of Congress. Official transcripts from the event listed Elmo as “Mr. Monster” when he addressed the House Education Appropriation Subcommittee, according to Newsweek. Recognizing the importance of the event, Elmo wore a suit and tie for his big day in Washington.
Other celebrities who have appeared in front of Congress include director Ron Howard in 1997; actor Kevin Costner in 2010; and actor/director Ben Affleck in 2001, 2012 and 2014.