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From HKS to Elected Office: Risks and Rewards & Challenges

  • Harvard Club of Boston 374 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA, 02115 United States (map)

“Ask Not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” 

The words of JFK that inspired a generation some 50 years ago continue to inspire Kennedy School graduates into the realm of public service through seeking and holding elected office. Join us for a panel discussion with current and former office holders of both political parties as they discuss the challenges, risks and rewards of holding elected office in today's political climate.

Learn about why they do it and how their HKS experience shaped their approach to public service and influenced their effectiveness as leaders.

Expected Moderator: HKS Professor David King: David C. King is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at The Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Masters in Public Administration program. 

Expected Panelist to Include:

  • Tom O'Neill III: Former Lt Governor of Mass and son of legendary Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. Founder of O'Neill Associates.  

  • Jeffery Sanchez, D : Mass State Rep from Jamaica Plain and newly appointed chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee 

  • Marjorie Decker, D Mass State Rep from Cambridge

  • Marilinda Gomez, R NH State Rep from and former 2012 candidate for US Congress

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