Park University to Host Annual Constitution Day Lecture

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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The Department of History, Political Science and Legal Studies at Park University will host its annual Constitution Day event on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the McCoy Meetin’ House on the University’s Parkville Campus. Two former members of the U.S. Congress, Jack Buechner and Nick Lampson, will deliver a presentation and address questions regarding “A More Perfect Constitution: Proposals for a 28th Amendment.” The event is free and open to the public.

As a former U.S. Representative from Kirkwood, Mo., Buechner served Missouri’s 2nd District representing St. Louis and St. Charles counties. During his term, he was vice-chairman of the Republican Study Committee, deputy whip to former Speaker Newt Gingrich, minority leader and Missouri tourism commissioner. He was also a member of the Budget Committee and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Prior to that, he founded his own law firm in St. Louis and practiced for 18 years before being elected to Congress. After his tenure as representative, Buechner returned to the consulting arena and is now the president and chief executive officer of A Presidential Classroom for Young Americans, which prepares the best and brightest high school students to become knowledgeable and committed civic leaders.

Lampson, who was elected to the 22nd and 9th Congressional District in Texas, served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2008. During his tenure, Lampson became the chairman of the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. He also established the first-ever Congressional Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus, which is credited with nationalizing the successful Amber Alert system. Lampson also served as chairman of the Congressional Study Group on Germany. Along with his political career, Lampson works on seniors’ issues at the local and national level as a director of the Area Agency on Aging. He is active in local groups such as the American Heart Association, Land Manor and the Young Men’s Business League.

“Constitution Day 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 U.S. Constitution might be appropriate,” said James Pasley, Ph.D., professor of political science and associate dean for the School of Social Sciences at Park University.

Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day as it is also referred, 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.

For more information about Constitution Day, contact Pasley at