Scott, Brooks, Capito, and Gowdy share experiences at U.S. Capitol
Liberty University’s Center for Law & Government hosted a special event for Liberty students and staff at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Speakers included Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), House Ethics chair; Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03), the ranking member of the House Education committee; Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04); Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV); former School of Law professor and Department of Justice official Caren Harp; and two Liberty alumni: Sheria Clarke, staff director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and DJ Jordan, communications director for Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).
This is the third event that the Center for Law & Government has hosted for students participating in the Washington Fellowship program through Liberty’s Career Center, which offers students of all majors the unique opportunity to live and work in our nation’s capital for a semester.
“We have been blessed to be able to work with the Washington Fellowship and the School of Law to provide a great opportunity for our Liberty students to hear directly from the men and women on Capitol Hill who are on the front lines of creating public policy for our country,” said Robert Hurt, executive director for the Center for Law & Government. “I am grateful to each of our guests who so generously shared with us their time and experience. I am also appreciative of our students who participated in the program who have demonstrated an interest in being a part of the next generation to lead our nation.”
Lawmakers discussed topics they were passionate about. Scott spoke on issues concerning secondary and higher education, Brooks shared her work on Benghazi and the House Ethics Committee, and Capito talked about the transition from serving in the U.S. House of Representatives to the Senate. Gowdy, who will not seek re-election in November, told students that it is important to find purpose, regardless of what path they take.
Clarke, who graduated from Liberty in 2003, shared with students some of the challenges new college graduates face when starting out on Capitol Hill and how her faith empowers her in her day-to-day role in Washington. She was selected by Gowdy for the role of staff director.
Jordan, a 2001 Liberty graduate, talked about the importance of networking and shared advice on landing a job in D.C.
Rising junior Tim Murcek, who serves as the chairman for the College Republicans at Liberty University, said Tuesday’s event was a great way to talk to lawmakers about policy in an intimate setting that allowed for in-depth discussion. Murcek is interning at the Republican National Convention.
“(Liberty) does a phenomenal job building relationships so that we can be connected with other Liberty alumni and influential people in Washington,” Murcek said.
There are 20 Liberty students participating in the Washington Fellowship this summer. Internship placements include the FBI, Family Research Council, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Center for National Renewal, the U.S. Senate, the Metro Police Department, and the American Psychological Association.