Bill Gates to address House freshmen on Thursday

Bill Gates will address members of the House freshmen class on Thursday, The Hill has learned.

He will be speaking to the joint session of Democrats and Republicans in his capacity of co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Gates's talk will focus on leadership and how governments have been successful by uniting around clear goals, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.

The event, which is being co-hosted by Republican Freshman Class President Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) and Democrat Freshman Class Co-Presidents Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), is closed to the media.

Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife in 2000.