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Rep. David Lujan to discuss civic leadership

March 23, 2010

The Bob Stump Dialogue Series, “Leadership in Challenging Times: A Discussion with Arizona Lawmakers,” kicks off Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at Arizona State University’s West campus. The series provides an opportunity for community members to discuss Arizona’s future with key lawmakers and hear elected officials’ views about civic leadership on critical issues.

Eduardo Pagán, ASU’s Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History and a host of the PBS series “History Detectives,” will engage each guest in a series of open-ended questions about leadership and moderate a Q & A session with the audience.

The series’ first guest will be State Rep. David Lujan from District 15, who is serving his third term in office. He was selected by the House Democratic Caucus to serve as its leader for the 49th Legislative Sessions, and previously served as the ranking Democrat on the House K-12 Education Committee and as a member of the House appropriations committee. Lujan is also a second-term member of the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board. He received the 2009 Arizona NASW Legislator of the Year Award and the 2000 Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Council’s “Cherish the Children Award” in Media/Public Policy.

The Bob Stump Dialogue Series honors the memory of Robert “Bob” Lee Stump, a native of Phoenix who served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated from Tolleson Union High School and from ASU before beginning a career in cotton farming.

Stump was a lifetime public servant, working in the Arizona House and Senate where he completed his tenure as Senate president. In 1976 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as chair of the Committee on Veterans Affairs. In 2001 he was elected as the chair of the House Committee on Armed Services, where he served until his retirement in 2002. Congressman Stump was known for his expertise in defense and veterans issues along with agriculture, water, public lands and natural resources. He was also instrumental in passing the bill to acquire the land to build ASU’s West campus.

The April 1 event is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in La Sala Ballroom A, in the University Center Building on ASU’s West campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. Visitor parking costs $2 per hour. For more information, call (602) 543-4444.