Former Senator Alan Simpson Presents 2014 Culver Lecture

Story by Ken Fuson

Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson, who has led the bipartisan effort to reduce the federal budget deficit, will deliver the fourth annual Culver Lecture on March 27 at Simpson College.

The prestigious event will begin at 7 p.m. in Hubbell Hall in the Kent Campus Center. The lecture is sponsored by the John C. Culver Public Policy Center, which is located on the Simpson College campus.

The event is free, and the public is invited.

Simpson represented Wyoming in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997, serving as the Republican Majority Whip and Minority Whip. In 2010, he was appointed by President Obama to co-chair Erskine Bowles, the former president of the University of North Carolina.

Simpson has long argued that the budget deficit places an unfair burden on future generations of Americans. The first Bowles-Simpson plan resulted in a deficit reduction estimated to be $2.7 trillion. The pair teamed up again last year to propose another $2.5 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years.

Bloomberg Markets magazine named Simpson to its 50 Most Influential list in 2012.

The John C. Culver Public Policy Center sits in the front row of America’s premier state for politics. The Center’s mission includes inspiring young people to pursue careers in service with integrity and moral courage.

The Center is named in honor of John C. Culver, who served Iowa for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Previous Culver Center speakers include the late U.S. Sen. George McGovern, Mark Shields and New York Times correspondent Linda Greenhouse.

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