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Dan Miller (R-Fla.) and Sam Coppersmith (D-Ariz.), former members of the U.S. House of Representatives, will visit St. Bonaventure University April 16-17 as part of the Congress to Campus program.
The #CongresstoCampus duo will visit classes, conduct workshops, be available for media interviews, and present a community forum titled “Russian Menace? The Threat of Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections.”
Free and open to the public, the forum will take place from 7-8 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room, Doyle Hall.
Miller and Coppersmith also will meet with students throughout the course of Monday and Tuesday morning.
Elected to the House of Representatives in 1992, Miller represented the 13th Congressional District of Florida. On Sept. 11, 2001, Miller was with President Bush at Booker Elementary School in Sarasota when the president was informed of the terrorist attacks.
A former college professor and businessman, Miller never held public office before his election and in keeping with his promise of a self-imposed 10-year term limit, he retired from Congress in 2003.
Miller taught statistics and quantitative courses at Georgia State University and after his teaching career, he became a successful entrepreneur in Southwest Florida and is a partner in the family-owned Miller Enterprises. Miller was very active in community affairs, serving on numerous boards, and is past chairman of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Miller served on the House Appropriations Committee and the Budget Committee, and served as chairman of the Census subcommittee with oversight of the U.S. Census Bureau during the 2000 census. A staunch fiscal conservative, Miller was committed to both reducing the size and scope of the federal government and fighting corporate welfare.
After leaving Congress, Miller 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 over 20 universities including the Naval Academy, University of Toronto, University of Massachusetts, University of Guadalajara, University of Kansas and Oxford University in England.
Elected to Congress in 1992, Coppersmith beat out incumbent Republican Jay Rhodes in what was later called one of the biggest upsets in Arizona political history. While in the House, he served on the Transportation and Science committees.
Coppersmith decided to not run for re-election in 1994, opting instead to challenge fellow Congressman Jon Kyl for an empty spot in the U.S. Senate. Coppersmith lost the election to Kyl.
After leaving Congress, Coppersmith spent two years as the chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party. He is an attorney specializing in real estate law and a managing partner of the law firm of Coppersmith Brockelman PLC.
Coppersmith received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1976 and then worked as a foreign service officer for the U.S. State Department from 1977 to 1979. He earned his law degree from Yale University in 1982 and clerked for Judge William C. Canby Jr. in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, from 1982 to 1983.
Congress to Campus brings together former members of Congress and today’s youth to increase civic literacy and participation.
The aim of the Congress to Campus program is to enhance students’ understanding of civic responsibility and public service though the personal experiences of the former members with the hopes that students will be inspired to engage in the democratic process.
For additional information about St. Bonaventure’s Congress to Campus, contact the program coordinator, Dr. Bart Lambert, at blambert @sbu.edu.
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