Wilkes University Hosts Retired Congressmen Steve Kuykendall and David Minge as part of the Congress to Campus Program, Oct. 2 – 4
WILKES-BARRE, PA. (Sept. 21, 2012) – The increasingly dysfunctional U.S. Congress will be examined in a public forum, “Is Congress Even Worse Than It Looks?” on Oct. 3 at Wilkes University Two retired members of Congress, Steve Kuykendall and David Minge, will discuss the issue at 5 p.m. in Room 101 of Stark Learning Center, 150 South River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Kuykendall replaces Frey who was previously announced as a speaker.
The former congressmen are visiting Wilkes as part of the Congress to Campus program, which sends bipartisan teams of former members of Congress to meet with students at colleges and universities around the world. In addition to the public forum, Kuykendall and Minge will visit classes during their visit from Oct. 2-4.
The public forum will focus on assertions made in the best-selling book written by authors Thomas E. Mann and Norman Ornstein. Their books, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism and The Broken Branch, examine how the two-party system has degenerated in the United States. Their books also assert the hyperpartisanship that is present has deadlocked Congress. The visiting congressmen will discuss their perspective on this view.
The Honorable David Minge (D-Minn.) previously served as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. During his time in Congress, he was on the Agriculture Committee, a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, and active on several Congressional task forces and international programs. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
The Honorable Steven Kuykendall (R-Ca.) served in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2001 representing California's 36th Congressional District. Kuykendall served on the Armed Services, the Science and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees of the House. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Oklahoma City University and a master’s degree from San Diego State University.
Congress to Campus was founded in 1976, and over 250,000 students have participated in the program. The program aims to promote public service, educate future leaders about Congress, and demonstrate that while political dissent is inevitable and important, it should be healthy and productive. Over the two day visit, Congressmen may speak with college students in classrooms, hold community forums, meet informally with students and faculty, visit high schools and civic organizations, and connect with local media.