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Former Congressmen Visit UAlbany to Encourage Government Service
Public Invited to Lecture Oct. 29, 1 p.m.

Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 24, 2003) -- The University at Albany community will get a firsthand look at life in the political arena when two former congressmen visit the campus from Oct. 28 through Oct. 30 as part of the Congress to Campus Program. The Honorable Jack W. Buechner (R-Missouri) and the Honorable Andy Jacobs, Jr., (D-Indiana) will be on hand for a series of events to educate, encourage and inspire students to consider public service and government careers.

The public is invited to an Open House and lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. in the Campus Center Assembly Hall on the UAlbany uptown campus.

The Congress to Campus Program sends bipartisan pairs of former members of Congress to visit college campuses all over the country for two days of classes, forums, informal meetings with university and community leaders and interviews with local media. Host schools are expected to cover part of the costs. Both Buechner and Jacobs bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge about the legislative process. The program is sponsored by the U. S. Association of Former Members of Congress in partnership with the Center for Democracy and Citizenship and the Stennis Center for Public Service.

While in Congress for two terms in (1987-1991), Buechner served in the Republican leadership as vice-chairman of the Republican Study Committee and as a deputy whip to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He also served two terms in the leadership of the Missouri State House of Representatives, where he was a member of the advisory board of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Since leaving Congress he has served as president of the International Republican Institute, a non-governmental organization that provides training in civic education and electoral processes in emerging democracies.

Jacobs served 15 terms in Congress, beginning in 1964. He was appointed to the Judiciary Committee where he helped write the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act. During his tenure he served as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee as well as the Subcommittee on Social Security. Nationally praised as being one of the most frugal members of Congress, he gave the speech which stopped a 300 percent increase in a sales tax, and in 1976 authored the "Payment Book Amendment" to the Constitution which required a balanced national budget with mandatory retirement of the national debt.

UAlbany was selected to be part of this program through the work of Julian Zelizer, a professor of Public Administration and Policy and Political Science at UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. "This visit will give students the unique opportunity to meet and talk with two individuals who served in one of the most important offices in the land," he said.


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