US elections: Rival Congressmen visit Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital

March 29 2016
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US elections: Rival Congressmen visit Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital

QEH recently hosted Congress to Campus , an American politics conference, featuring two former members of the US Congress.

Students at the school had the opportunity to question former congressmen Larry LaRocco and Kenneth B Kramer on a range of issues, including the effects of lobbyist money on legislative decisionmaking, the future of US foreign policy and the use of political adverts in US campaigns.

Stephen Holliday, headmaster at QEH, said: “We were delighted to host this event, as part of our full and varied annual programme of events.

Our students were particularly interested to hear from Mr LaRocco and Judge Kramer on some key issues within American politics and the ‘Super Tuesday’ results.”

Larry LaRocco, Democrat, represented the state of Idaho in Congress, serving on the influential House Financial Services Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee. He gained a reputation for his tenacious approach to legislating and steered through a number of measures into law.

He was joined by Kenneth B. Kramer, Republican, who was elected to Congress during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. During his years in Congress, Judge Kramer served as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management before becoming the Chief Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims in 2000.

The conference, which took place on Wednesday 2 March, also welcomed a number of academic speakers, including Professor Philip Davies, Director of the Eccles Center for American Studies, and Professor Scott Lucas, Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham.

Congress to Campus 2016 was organised in collaboration with The British Association for American Studies and the Eccles Centre at the British Library.