Longtime Congressman Lee Hamilton on How to Use American Power
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—With more than three decades of service in Congress behind him, Lee Hamilton, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana and one-time chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, will discuss the use of American power at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Leo Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Hamilton, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, is president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and vice chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.
Prior to accepting the post at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in 1999, Hamilton represented Indiana’s Ninth District. His book, “How Congress Works and Why You Should Care,” was published in 2004.
During his tenure as an elected official, in addition to his service as chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (now the Committee on International Relations), Hamilton chaired the Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East from the early 1970s until 1993, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran.
He also served as chair of the Joint Economic Committee, working to promote long-term economic growth and development; chair of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress; and a member of the House Standards of Official Conduct Committee, for which he drafted several House ethics reforms.
Since leaving Congress, Hamilton has served as a commissioner on the influential United States Commission on National Security in the 21st Century and as co-chair with former Senator Howard Baker of the Baker-Hamilton Commission to Investigate Certain Security Issues at Los Alamos.
Hamilton graduated from DePauw University and Indiana University School of Law and has received numerous honorary degrees and national awards for public service. Before his election to Congress, he practiced law in Chicago and Columbus, Indiana.
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