Is Congress Broken, or Working as Designed? A Dissenting Historical Perspective
Location:Robertson Hall Bowl 016
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
John Lawrence, the former chief of staff to House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, will present a public lecture titled, “Is Congress Broken, or Working as Designed? A Dissenting Historical Perspective,” at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall.
Lawrence served for eight years as chief of staff to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during his 38 years as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Upon his retirement from the leader’s office in February, 2013, he was awarded the John W. McCormack Award for Excellence. He retired as the most senior staff person in the House.
Lawrence had extensive involvement in the development of policies including children and family policy, education, budget, natural resources, energy, and labor. He served as staff director of the Committee on Education and the Workforce (2001-2005), staff director of the Committee on Natural Resources (1993-2001), and chief of staff and legislative director to Congressman George Miller (D-CA) (1975-2005).
He currently teaches, writes and speaks on public policy and politics, and is author of the blog, DOMEocracy (johnalawrence.wordpress.com).