Pressler to speak on election 2000 at USD

Pressler to speak on election 2000 at USD Former South Dakota Senator Larry Pressler will present a speech titled, "The 2000 Elections: What Now?" on Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in Farber Hall of Old Main on The University of South Dakota campus.

Pressler's speech will be followed by an open question and answer session with members of the audience.

Pressler will talk about where the country goes from here and how we can improve the electoral system in the future.

"The country faces one of its most difficult periods in history and the two parties will have to work together as never before," Pressler said.

The speech is the latest in a series of Farber Forums sponsored by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at USD, according to William Richardson, USD political science chair and director of the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership.

"In this time of great political turmoil that highlights the inherent but oftentimes misunderstood tension between the popular vote and the Electoral College, former Senator Pressler has the opportunity to address some very important issues that may very well still be unresolved on the night of his speech," Richardson said.

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 bachelor of arts degree from The University of South Dakota in 1964. He is a Harvard Law School graduate and Vietnam veteran (U.S. Army), currently serving as a member of numerous corporate boards of directors.

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.

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