For more than 35 years, the Congress to Campus program (CtC) has allowed former members of Congress to interact with and educate college students about the legislative branch. Bipartisan pairs travel to college campuses across the country and around the world for visits to facilitate discussions on the importance of Congress and to encourage young citizens to become involved in their government and involved in public service.
MONDAY, APRIL 16
Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room
Red Menace? The Threat of Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections
This presentation is free and open to the public.
Sam Coppersmith was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 to represent Arizona’s 1st District (metro Phoenix). He was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat in 1994.
While in the House, Coppersmith served on the Transportation and Science committees.
Following his service in Congress, Coppersmith was elected as chair of the Arizona Democratic Party and led the delegation to the 1996 Democratic National Convention.
Coppersmith is an attorney with three decades of experience in business and real estate transactional issues work, with emphasis on guiding nonprofit organizations in strategic initiatives, operations, transactions, and public affairs, including international relations and elections issues.
He has served on a number of boards and commissions on the state and local level, including the city of Phoenix Board of Adjustment and Governor’s Regulatory Review Commission.
He is chair of the Board of Trustees of Devereux Foundation, one of the nation’s largest behavioral health providers that helps the underserved and vulnerable.
His international experience includes serving as a Foreign Service officer as well as doing election monitoring and political observation and consulting in Egypt, Ukraine, Georgia, and Albania.
Since 1995, Coppersmith has practiced with the law firm now called Coppersmith Schermer & Brockelman PLC.
Coppersmith earned his J.D. in 1982 from Yale Law School and A.B. in economics in 1976 from Harvard College.
He and his wife, Beth Schermer, have three children.
Elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1992, Dan Miller represented the 13th Congressional District of Florida. This Gulf Coast district included all of Sarasota and Manatee counties. A former college professor and businessman, Miller never held public office before his election to Congress. In keeping with his promise of a self-imposed ten-year term limit, he retired from Congress in 2003.
Born in Michigan, Miller moved to Bradenton with his parents in 1958. After graduating from Manatee High School, he received his B.S. degree from the University of Florida, and subsequently earned an MBA at Emory University and a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He taught statistics and quantitative courses at Georgia State University level and following his teaching career, Miller became a successful entrepreneur in Southwest Florida and is a partner in the family-owned Miller Enterprises. Miller was active in community affairs, serving on numerous boards, and is past chairman of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Manatee Memorial Hospital.
During his 10 years in the House, Miller served on the House Appropriations Committee and the Budget Committee. He served as chairman of the Census subcommittee with oversight of the U.S. Census Bureau during the controversial and successful 2000 census. As a staunch fiscal conservative, he was committed to both reducing the size and scope of the federal government and fighting corporate welfare. During his time in Congress, the federal budget had a surplus for four years and the country’s debt was paid down. On 9/11, Miller was with President George Bush at Booker Elementary School in Sarasota and flew with him on Air Force One.
After leaving Congress, Miller has returned to academia. In 2003, he was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has taught at more than 20 universities, including the Naval Academy, University of Toronto, University of Massachusetts, University of Guadalajara, University of Kansas and Oxford University in England.
Miller and his wife, Glenda Darsey Miller, have two children and three grandchildren. They live in Bradenton, Fla., and summer in Highlands, N.C.
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