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Former U.S. Congressmen David Obey and Tom Petri Visited Downtown Milwaukee Campus April 14 for Bipartisan Civic Participation Event

April 16, 2015

Former U.S. Congressmen David Obey and Tom Petri visited the Downtown Milwaukee Campus Tuesday, April 14, as part of their Civic Participation Lecture Series. The free, public event was held in Cooley Auditorium.

Tuesday's presentation was broadcast to the Mequon, Oak Creek and West Allis campuses.

Congressmen Obey and Petri shared how politics work at the state and national levels, and the importance of civic participation in bipartisan discussions on key policy issues. The event was an opportunity for MATC students to understand the value of active involvement in public work and gain greater insights into how participatory democracy works.

Obey was the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District from 1969 to 2011. The district includes Wausau and Superior. He served as Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations from 1994-1995 and 2007-2011. Obey is the longest-serving member of either house of Congress in Wisconsin history. He is also the nation’s third longest-serving member of the House.

Petri was the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District from 1979 to 2015. The district includes Fond du Lac and Sheboygan. Petri served on the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training during his final term in Congress.

The event ws sponsored by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, the David R. Obey Civic Resource Center and the Wisconsin Humanities Council/Working Lives Project.