Archive for Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Students to meet former Congress members

November 8, 2005


Two former members of Congress will meet with Kansas University students to encourage careers in public service during a three-day visit in November to the Dole Institute of Politics.

Former Reps. Cardiss Collins, D-Ill., and Orval Hansen, R-Idaho, will visit campus Nov. 15-17 as part of the Congress to Campus program. A free public lecture will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 15, at the institute.

Collins, 74, was elected to Congress in 1973 in a special election. She was re-elected 11 times, representing a district on Chicago's west side, and retired in 1997.

In Congress, she was an advocate for airport security and air safety and was the first African-American and the first woman to serve as Democratic whip-at-large, a leadership post.

Hansen, 79, represented Idaho in the House from 1969 until 1975. A Navy veteran and a lawyer, Hansen served in the Idaho legislature before going to Congress. He resumed his law career after leaving Washington and later was president of the Columbia Institute for Political Research.


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