Former congressmen to visit WSU

Two senators will be coming to Weber State University on Feb. 4-5 to meet with students. The congressmen will visit classes and host a lunch where students will have the chance to meet them and ask questions.

Charles Djou, a Republican from Hawaii, and Richard Stallings, a Democrat from Idaho, are coming to WSU as a part of the Congress to Campus program. The program sends a representative from each party to school campuses.

“Students can ask congressmen about how Congress works, and they can answer in an honest and open way,” said Leah Murray, an associate professor of political science who is helping organize the event.

Murray said that, because they are no longer members of Congress, the senators can be more open when talking about Congress. She said Congress has an approval rate of below 10 percent.

“I think the reason why they have a low approval rate is because people don’t understand what they do,” Murray said.

The congressmen will visit two political science classes and the Monday student senate meeting. They will also talk to the students in the Community Involvement Center and students involved with the American Democracy Project. Students can attend the political science classes even if they are not enrolled or the student senate meeting.

A brown-bag lunch will be hosted for all students on Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the Social Science Building. The congressmen will talk about internships in Washington D.C. and careers in politics.

This is the first time congressmen have visited WSU through the Congress to Campus program. Murray said she hopes Congress to Campus will have more congressmen come to WSU in the future.

“I’m hoping they have a good visit and that the students ask a lot of good questions,” she said.