Constitution Day

The Department of History and Political Science is hosting the annual Constitution Day event September 16th - 18th, 2014. This year, the Congress to Campus program is sending two FMC-former members of Congress, one Democrat and one Republican, to participate in the activities.
  • Nick Lampson, Democrat (D-TX, 1997-2005, 2007-2009)
  • Jack Buechner, Republican (R-MO, 1987-1991)

The two former members of the United States Congress will deliver a presentation and address questions on the following: A More Perfect Constitution: Proposals for a 28th Amendment.

The event is free and open to the public. It provides a unique opportunity for anyone to meet and interact with two former lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle and hear directly from them what modifications to the US Constitution might be appropriate.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
McCoy Meetin’ House, Park University Parkville Campus

Refreshments will be served.
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Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day as it also is known as, is federally mandated for all institutions of higher education that receive federal funding. The legislation was enacted in 2004 and implemented by the U.S. Department of Education in 2005. It celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.

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Congressman Nick Lampson

LampsonAfter serving 42 years as a candidate or holding public office, ten of which were in the U. S. House of Representatives, Nick Lampson has re-established himself in civic and professional life in Southeast Texas. He currently acts as Government Affairs Executive for the Gertz Adair Law Firm in Beaumont, Texas, and serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Outreach Strategists (a full service Public Relations and Communications Firm), sits on the Board of Advisors of Biofuels Power Corporation in Houston, Texas, Board of Advisors of the Coalition for Space Exploration, Board of Advisors to Sentinel Satellite in Houston, Texas, provides government relations services to small renewable energy companies and advises a Transitional Healthcare program for Texas Medical Ent.

Congressman Lampson in 2012 completed his appointment by the National Academies of Science to serve on an elite panel to study the National Weather Service Modernization of 1988 through 2000 and to consider the technological improvements necessary to make the NWS “second to none”. In the US House of Representatives he served on the Committee on Science and Technology which has jurisdiction over much of the non-defense Federal research and development (R&D) portfolio. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment he handled issues related to environmental science and U.S. energy policy. His committee directly oversaw civilian R&D programs within DOE, including basic energy research, energy R&D, demonstration and commercialization programs for fossil, renewable, and nuclear energy, and conservation. His work on the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee allowed him to rise to the position of Ranking Member. He was an outspoken supporter of civil science in space and notably authored the Space Exploration Act of 2003 which called for the US to return to the Moon and go to Mars.

For ten years Lampson worked on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He worked on two major highway authorization bills and won support for numerous projects benefitting southeast Texas including the Neches River Salt Water Barrier, funding for improving areas of the Intracoastal Waterway, and coastal and beach improvement projects. He also served on subcommittees dealing with rail transportation projects and aviation/airport projects. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture he helped established farm policy for agriculture and rural America and was direactliy involved in the development of policy on renewable energy, international trade, futures market regulation, and agricultural research and development relating to biomass for renewable energy. For work he did on legislation promoting increasing growth of healthy consumable oils, Lampson received an award from the American Heart Association.

Before going to Congress, Lampson held local office as the Jefferson County Assessor Collector of Taxes for almost twenty years, received Governor’s appointments to three different State agencies, taught real estate and business related courses at Lamar University, science classes in Beaumont and San Antonio public schools, and was deeply involved in civic and church life. He has been married to Susan Floyd Lampson for 41 years and their two daughters have given them six grandchildren.

Honorable Jack Buechner

BuechnerFormer United States Congressman Jack Buechner returned to the consulting arena after retiring from his post of over half a decade as the President and CEO of "A Presidential Classroom for Young Americans". Previously, Buechner was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, L.L.P. and represented a wide variety of domestic and international clients before Congress, executive departments, independent agencies and quasigovernmental entities. Working in the government, international trade, and policy unit, he developed and implemented strategies in all aspects of the legislative process including the budget, authorizations and appropriations. Buechner’s international work included the analysis of the political, governmental and economic climates in emerging democracies. In addition, he has been an advisor to several ambassadors and corporate executives.

A former U.S. Representative from Kirkwood, MO., Buechner served Missouri’s 2nd District (St. Louis/St. Charles Counties) from 1987 – 1991. During his terms, he was Vice-Chairman of the Republican Study Committee and Deputy Whip to former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Buechner served on the Budget Committee and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

From 1972 to 1983 Buechner was a State Representative and Minority Leader in the Missouri House of Representatives and served as a Missouri Tourism Commissioner. Prior to that, he founded his own law firm in St. Louis and practiced law for 18 years before being elected to Congress. Civic education and academia hold a special place in Buechner's interests and background. Following his congressional tenure, Buechner served as President of the International Republican Institute, a democracy-building, non-governmental organization that is part of the National Endowment for Democracy. Under his leadership, the IRI opened offices in six countries and developed programs on democracy and free market economies in 28 others including Haiti, El Salvador, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Nicaragua. Buechner has also led or participated international election monitoring teams to central America, eastern Europe and, most recently Morocco. Buechner was also the representative of the U.S. Republican Party to the International Democratic Union following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The former Congressman has been the visiting professor of political thought at Webster University in Vienna, Austria. Earlier, he was an adjunct professor of political science at St. Louis (MO.) University and Stephen’s College in Columbia, MO. Currently he is a lecturer at the National Defense University.

Buechner is a past President of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress and sits on the boards of the Center for National Policy, Washington Strategic Advisors, The Council for a Community of Democracies, and The Zorig Foundation. He has served as president of the Missouri Society of Washington, D.C. and the Pericles Institute, an organization dedicated to rebuilding the high ground in American political culture. He currently serves as one of the first directors of the International Centre for Elections. Previously Buechner was the vice president of the National Association of State Societies and member of the Advisory Board of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Buechner continues to serve in an advisory capacity with select Embassies and international organizations. Currently Buechner is of counsel to the law firm of Anderson Kill & Olick, and serves as Senior Counsel to the Virginia public affairs firm, The Hawthorn Group. When Bloomberg LLC opened its on-line product, BGOV, Buechner was asked to serve on its first Advisory Board. He still remains on that Board.

A much sought after speaker, Buechner has lectured extensively overseas on democracy and free-market economies for the United States Information Agency and has represented the United States throughout the world at conferences on post Cold War developments, including The World Conference of Parliamentarians in Support of The United Nations. He is the recipient of many awards for community service and his achievements as a public servant for over 35 years. One of Buechner’s more notable engagements was his appearance on The David Letterman Show as its first Congressional guest.

Buechner is admitted to practice before the United States, Missouri and District of Columbia Courts of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the State of Missouri, and in the Federal Tax Court. He can be found in the listings of Who's Who in America, American Politics, American Law, Who's Who in The East and The South, and in The Balkans.

Born in St. Louis, Buechner received an A.B. from St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas and a J.D. from St. Louis University in Missouri. Jack resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife Andrea Dravo-Buechner.