Former Congressmen to Visit Campus


MACON—Former congressmen Jim Bilbray (D-NV) and Orval Hansen (R-ID) will visit Mercer University’s Macon Campus April 11-12 as part of the Stennis Center for Public Policy’s “Congress to Campus” program—which brings Congress members to institutions of higher education to discuss policy, citizenship and civic responsibility.

In addition to meeting with various classes and student and faculty groups, the former congressmen will give two community talks on the Macon campus: “The Importance of Serving Your Community” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11, in the Medical School Auditorium and “Citizenship, Service and Civic Duty” at 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in Newton Hall. The presentations are free of charge and open to the public. The former congressmen will be available for media interviews.

After serving in the Nevada State Senate for seven years, Bilbray served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995. He was on numerous committees, including the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Military Construction, Procurement and Research & Development House Select Committee on Intelligence.

Hansen served as an Idaho legislator for four terms, including one term as majority leader. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1968 to 1975. Hansen was a member of the House Committee on Education; Labor, House Administration Committee and the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy. He is also founder and president of the Columbia Institute for Political Research.

Media interested in attending the presentations or conducting interviews should contact Jenny Butkus at (478) 301-4037. For more information on the events, contact Dr. Greg Domin, associate professor of political science, at (478) 301-2792.