From Congress to Campus

Two former US Congressmen will visit London Metropolitan University on 6 March to discuss Obama’s legacy and Trump’s first 100 days in Office.
Date: 22 February 2017

Two former US Congressmen will come into London Metropolitan University on Monday 6 March to discuss former President Obama’s legacy and President Trump’s first 100 days in Office.

In attendance will be Hon Randy Neugebauer (Republican-Texas) and the Hon Vic Fazio (Democrat-California). They will take part in a conversation alongside Professor Peter McCaffery, Emeritus Professor at London Met.

Chaired by Dr Andrew Moran, Associate Professor of International Relations, the event will take place from 9:30am to 12:00pm in the Great Hall at London Met’s Holloway campus.

The former Congressmen are visiting London Met as part of the Congress to Campus programme, a series of lectures chaired at universities across the globe which invite former Congressmen to meet informally with students and hold community forums.

The Congress to Campus UK programme is run by the British Library's Eccles Centre for American Studies in partnership with the US Association for Former Members of Congress.

The series of lectures are primarily funded by the British Library's Eccles Centre for American Studies, with a US Embassy/British Association for American Studies grant contributing to the trans-Atlantic fares.

Tickets are free but must be booked on Eventbrite. The event is open to London Met staff and students only.

Victor H Fazio (Democrat-California, 1979-1999)

Former US Congressman Victor Fazio advises clients of the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld on a range of public policy and government relations issues. Mr Fazio served for 20 years as a member of Congress, representing California’s third District. During his tenure of distinguished public service, he was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, serving as a subcommittee chairman or ranking member for 18 years. He was also a member of the Armed Services, Budget, Ethics and House Administration committees. In addition to his role on the Appropriations Committee, Mr Fazio was active in the Democratic leadership of the House, holding several appointive and elected positions. He served as the vice chair of the Democratic Caucus from 1989 until 1994, when he was elected chairman, the third-ranking position in the House. He was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the political arm of the House Democrats, for four years in the early 1990s. He also was a majority whip-at-large and served as a regional representative on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Before his election to Congress, Mr Fazio served in the California State Assembly. Prior to being elected to public office, he was a senior assistant to the speaker of the California Assembly. After his retirement from Congress in 1998, Mr Fazio served as the co-managing partner of strategic communications consulting firm Clark and Weinstock in Washington.

Randy Neugebauer (Republican-Texas, 2003-2017)

Randy Neugebauer represented the nineteenth District of Texas, which stretches across 27 counties and includes the cities of Abilene, Big Spring and Lubbock. Randy worked for the people of the nineteenth District in the US House of Representatives from June 2003 until January 2017. In September 2015, Mr Neugebauer announced he would not seek re-election to an eighth term in 2016.

Mr Neugebauer served as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which has oversight authority over components of the nation’s housing and financial services sectors. He was a member of the House Agriculture Committee and also serves as a member of the Science and Technology Committee. Mr Neugebauer’s support of conservative principles has been recognized by many groups and organizations. He recently received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award, a 100 percent rating in 2009 by the American Conservative Union, 100 percent lifetime rating by National Right to Life, the Taxpayer’s Friend Award from the National Taxpayers Union and was recognized by the National Journal as one of the six most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was a major critic of Obamacare.

Prior to his service in Congress, Randy ran his own small business, which focused on residential construction and real estate development. In addition to running a successful business, Randy was also elected to the Lubbock City Council, serving as mayor pro tempore from 1994 to 1996. He was at the forefront of the establishment of the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Coalition and served as the president of both the West Texas Home Builders and the Texas Association of Builders.

Event details

The Great Hall
166-220 Holloway Road
London Metropolitan University
London N7 8DB

Monday 6 March 2017
9:30am – 12:00pm

Tickets must be booked on Eventbrite.
This event is only open to London Metropolitan University students and staff. Attendees will only be admitted on presentation of their University ID pass.