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March 20, 2007

Former Oklahoma Representative Mickey Edwards To Speak on March 29

Lecture Is First in the Law Library’s Legal Lecture Series

In celebration of its 175 years of service to Congress and the nation, the Law Library of Congress is launching a yearlong series of events designed to celebrate its achievements and showcase its unparalleled resources.

Among these celebratory events is a Legal Speaker Series with a theme of "National Security and the Rule of Law," which will feature renowned speakers from Congress, academia and the media.

The inaugural lecture in the series will be delivered by former Representative Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Whittall Pavilion of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Dates for future lectures are June 28, Sept. 20 and Dec. 13.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Edwards began his career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor. He earned a law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1969 and was admitted to the Oklahoma bar in 1970. After serving as a special legislative consultant to the Republican Steering Committee in Washington, D.C., he was elected to Congress in 1976 and represented Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District from 1977 to 1993.

During Edwards’ 16 years in Congress, he served on the House Budget and Appropriations committees and was the ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. He was also a member of the House Republican leadership, rising to a deputy minority whip position and serving as the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the party's fourth-ranking leadership position.

Edwards was one of three founding trustees of the Heritage Foundation and national chairman of the American Conservative Union. Along with former White House Counsel Lloyd Cutler, he has served as co-chairman of Citizens for Independent Courts, a national organization devoted to preserving judicial independence, and co-chairman with another former White House Counsel, Abner Mikva, of Citizens for the Constitution, a national organization concerned with limiting the use of constitutional amendments as a substitute for the normal legislative process.

Edwards has also served as co-chairman of a Brookings Institution/Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Resources for International Affairs, as well as the Brookings Working Group on Campaign Finance Reform, and for five years as chairman of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He was the director of the congressional policy task forces advising Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign.

Since leaving Congress, Edwards has taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown University and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he is currently Lecturer of Public and International Affairs. He is also member of the Princeton Project on National Security and director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.

A regular political commentator on shows such as NPR’s "All Things Considered," Edwards and his wife, Democratic strategist Elizabeth A. Sherman, often appear, taking opposing sides on many current political issues.

He is the author of numerous books, including "The Modern Conservative Movement" (2006). His columns have appeared in major newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

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PR 07-050
03/20/07
ISSN 0731-3527

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