The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance is hosting a series of public talks by prominent government leaders as part of our ongoing commitment to fostering informed and substantive discussion on important matters of public policy. The series kicks off on January 17 and will continue throughout the Spring semester. Connecting with Government will allow Minnesota’s elected officials the opportunity to rise above the talking points and fractious back-and-forth of the legislative process to make substantive statements about issues of importance for Minnesotans. It also creates a forum for students and citizens to listen and raise questions with their elected officials.
Senator Al Franken grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He graduated from Harvard in 1973. Before running for the Senate, Al spent 37 years as a comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host and has taken part in seven USO tours, visiting our troops overseas in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo and Uzbekistan - as well as visiting Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait four times.
In 2008, Al was elected to the Senate as a member of the DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) Party from Minnesota. He currently sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Since being sworn in, Al has worked with his colleagues in the Senate to improve the lives of Minnesotans. Almost immediately, he introduced legislation providing disabled veterans with service dogs, working with Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson and Lindsey Graham. Shortly after he secured $2 million to begin providing these services. He has also worked to protect the rights of thousands of employees of defense contractors and with Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe to ensure that women in the military have the same access to emergency contraception that their civilian counterparts do. During the debate on health care reform, Al fought successfully to limit profits, administration and marketing costs in the health insurance industry and, with Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, he secured funding for diabetes prevention. More recently, he has fought to end conflicts of interest in credit ratings, a key piece of Wall Street Reform.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
12:00 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis