Students connected with two former members of Congress who spent two days at the University discussing current issues and sharing their experiences as political leaders.

Sam Coppersmith, a Democrat who represented Arizona in Congress from 1993 to 1995, and Jim Coyne, a Republican who represented Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1983, addressed topics ranging from the role of a legislative body in a world in which presidents stress executive orders to campaigning in the age of Donald Trump.

The discussions were moderated by Suffolk Government Professors Rachael Cobb and Ken Cosgrove.

Coppersmith and Coyne visited through the Congress to Campus initiative, which brings together former members of Congress and today’s youth to increase civic participation. 

Students listen intently during session with former congressmen

Students pay rapt attention as former congressmen share experience and insights.