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U.S. Rep. Dave Camp to Visit Ferris on April 10 as Part of Political Engagement Project Edit

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Midland)U.S. Rep. Dave Camp will discuss “Republican Reformers and Democrat Presidents” during a Tuesday, April 10 visit to Ferris State University.

Camp (R-Midland), who has served the 4th Congressional District since 1991, will speak from 11 a.m. to noon in Williams Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the university’s Political Engagement Project, which is designed to enhance student political engagement through individual courses. Approximately 20 Ferris faculty members are offering PEP courses during the Spring 2012 Semester.

“As head of the House Ways and Means Committee, he is one of the most powerful policy-makers in Washington, D.C.,” said PEP co-chair and associate professor Richard Hewer. “He will be able to discuss what’s going on in Congress regarding the budget and what’s going on in Washington.”

Ferris students, faculty and staff, and members of the Big Rapids community are encouraged to attend the event.

“Our goal is for citizens of the U.S., Ferris and the local community to be more knowledgeable about what’s going on and to get engaged,” Hewer said.

Co-chair and Political Science professor Richard Griffin said Camp’s visit is another way PEP can raise awareness and involvement in politics.

“He will be able to provide expertise on where we are with the budget and if there will ever be budget reform,” Griffin said. “He can discuss the reality of the whole thing.”

Camp’s visit is not an election event, but anyone interested in passing out information about other events or to promote candidates before or after his speech may do so in the Williams Auditorium foyer. Future PEP events, during the Fall 2012 Semester, will focus on the November elections.

For more information on Camp’s visit, call Hewer at (231) 591-2455.