The American Heritage Center is hosting two former Members of Congress as part of the Congress to Campus program. The program allows college students throughout the U.S. to interact with former Members of Congress by sending bipartisan pairs of former Members of Congress to college campuses. The former Members provide insights into the realities of American democracy by sharing their experiences of both achievement and occasional frustration and bring to life for students the theory and the practice of democracy. The former Members also deliver an important message about bipartisan cooperation.
Scott Klug (R-Madison, WI) and Dr. Brian Baird (D-WA-3) will on the UW campus September 16 and 17 visiting classes across academic disciplines. They will also interact with students from the UW Lab School and Laramie County Community College (Albany Co. campus).
Mr. Klug served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district in Madison, from 1991 until 1999. Rep. Klug was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He developed expertise in health care, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and energy policy.
Additionally, Mr. Klug is an Emmy-award winning television journalist, serving as anchor and reporter for various stations in Seattle, Madison, and Washington, DC. Also, in 2013, he authored The Alliance, a mystery novel about religion and antiquities.
Dr. Baird served in the U.S. House, representing Washington’s 3rd congressional district from 1999 until 2011. He chaired the Science and Technology subcommittees on Energy and the Environment, and the Research, Technology and Education subcommittee. He also served on the House Budget; Transportation and Infrastructure; and Small Business Committees. He was the primary of the STOCK Act and of the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act.
He is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One, which is an American nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce the role of money in politics.
Dr. Baird is a UW alum. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wyoming and practiced clinically for twenty years.
Scott Klug and Brian Baird will join U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson (Wyoming; retired) in a public event to discuss the topic, “The Constitution, Congress and the Presidency: What are the Limits of Power?” Please join us in the AHC’s Stock Growers room at 3:45pm on September 17th to be part of the discussion.
Blog contribution by Leslie Waggener, Archivist, Arrangement and Description