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.