University of Portland
10-29-2013
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

University of Portland to host United States Senator Patrick Leahy on Friday, Nov. 8

University of Portland will welcome United States Senator Patrick Leahy at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. in Buckley Center Auditorium on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Leahy will speak on the topic “How Faith Can Inform and Enhance Public Service.” The event, sponsored by the University’s Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture, is free and open to the public.

Leahy, who has served as the United States Democratic Senator from Vermont since 1974, ranks first in seniority in the Senate and is the President Pro Tempore. He is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the senior-most member of the Appropriations Committee and the Agriculture Committee. Leahy is active on human rights issues, especially through his humanitarian work for victims of land mines. He led efforts in Congress to aid land mine victims by creating a special fund in the foreign aid budget, and the Leahy War Victims Fund now provides up to $14 million of relief to these victims each year. He also wrote and enacted civilian war victims relief programs in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, Leahy headed the Senate's negotiations on the 2001 anti-terrorism bill, the USA PATRIOT Act. He added checks and balances to the bill to protect civil liberties, provisions to triple staffing along the U.S.-Canada border, to authorize domestic preparedness grants to states, and to facilitate the hiring of new FBI translators.

For more information, please contact Jamie Powell of the Garaventa Center at (503) 943-7702 or powell@up.edu .

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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