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Congress to Campus Scheduled for March

Former Congressional representatives Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) will be on campus from March 8-10 to discuss the state of Congress, the 2020 Census and the upcoming presidential election.

Buerkle and Sanchez will visit classes and share meals with students, including members of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning’s civic leader team, senior honor societies, Public Leadership Education Network and student governments. The former Congress members will also take center stage at the “International Women’s Day: Think Equal. Build Smart. Innovate for Change” community forum on Sunday, March 8 in the Vandervort Room at 7 p.m. with opening remarks by Louis H. Guard ’07, HWS Vice President and General Counsel; and the next day, the “Congress to Campus Supports the Youth Vote: Taking Control in the 21st Century” community forum on March 9 in the Vandervort Room at 7 p.m. with opening remarks by President Joyce P. Jacobsen. Refreshments will be served. The forums are open to the public.

Buerkle represented New York’s 25th congressional district in the House from 2011 to 2013. She has served as Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission since 2013 and was named the agency’s acting chair in 2017. Before her election to the House, she was an assistant attorney general for the state of New York. During her time in Congress, she served on the Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Government Reform and Veterans Affairs committees.

Sanchez served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2017, representing California’s 46th and 47th congressional districts. Prior to joining the House, she worked as a financial analyst for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. During her time in office, Sanchez advocated for women in the military and specialized in national security policy. She rose to become one of the most senior Democrats on the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.

Congress to Campus is hosted by HWS Votes and CCESL in partnership with the Political Science Department. The events build off of successful Congress to Campus programming in 2018 and are led by CCESL Civic Leaders for Political Engagement Audrey Platt ’21 and Bart Lahiff ’20.

For more information about Congress to Campus, visit and for program details, please contact CCESL at 315-781-3825 or email CCESL Assistant Director Amy Jackson Sellers at