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Congressman Richmond Visits Van Ness Campus

Congressman Richmond treated University of the District of Columbia students to an engaging discussion on national politics, Congressional dysfunction and how to get involved in the community.  Rep. Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat, representing New Orleans and much of the city’s surrounding suburbs, shared his dedication to service with attendees, from coaching little league to unseating a ten term incumbent in the Louisiana state legislature, to being elected to the U.S. House of  Representatives in 2010.

“We are honored to have Congressman Richmond on campus today,” stated Aimee Occhetti, the University’s Vice President of Government Relations, which organized the event.  “He is a bright star in Congress and on the national political scene and a great role model for all of our students who want to pursue careers in public service.” Rep. Richmond, a lawyer by trade, was first elected to the Louisiana state legislature at age 26, one of the youngest legislators in state history.

During a question-and-answer session, students raised a wide variety of issues, from veterans benefits to the PATRIOT Act to the impact of new voter identification laws, recently enacted in several states. Rep. Richmond was also queried about his position on District of Columbia voting rights and responded that he was in full support of the city’s full representation in Congress.

After his remarks, Rep. Richmond, who celebrated his birthday last week, was treated to “Happy Birthday” and “What’s the Word? Firebird!” cheers led by Undergraduate Student Government President Tolu Onasanya.  The Congressman was also presented with a birthday cake in the shape of a baseball, an acknowledgement of his stellar on-the-field performance during the 2011 and 2012 Congressional Baseball Game.