Larry Pressler shares views of 2000 election controversy Former South Dakota Sen. Larry Pressler presented a speech titled, "The 2000 Elections: What Now?" Monday evening in Farber Hall of Old Main on The University of South Dakota campus. Pressler's speech focused on where the country goes from here with regards to current presidential election politics and how we can improve the electoral system in the future. His speech was followed by an open question and answer session with members of the audience.
The speech is the latest in a series of Farber Forums sponsored by the W. O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at USD. Pressler said, "I can see out of this a great opportunity for electoral reform. As a result, the two parties will need to work together as never before. Many people felt their vote doesn't make much difference, but it does."
Pressler is currently teaching a political science class at USD and also serves as a member of numerous corporate boards of directors. Now that he is out of politics, Pressler says that we demand a lot of our public servants.
He believes that even if you are stingingly criticized, however, you have the thrill of public service or the rich reward of trying to do what is right for your city, school, country, state and nation. He also believes there is no amount of money that can replace the satisfaction of a job well done.
Pressler was a member of Congress for 22 years, 18 of which were in the Senate. He served as the author of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and was the author of various aviation, pipeline, transportation, satellite, foreign policy, business and trade legislation during his time in Congress.
Pressler is a Rhodes Scholar and earned his B.A. from The University of South Dakota in 1964. He is a Harvard Law School graduate and Vietnam veteran (U.S. Army).
Pressler, who has offices in Sioux Falls, specializes in regulatory law, commercial law, telecommunications law, and lobbying activities. He is the Farber Center's Distinguished Visiting Practitioner during Fall 2000.