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Alumni Success Story

SPA Alumni Sweep Seats in Elections Nationwide

Betsy Markey

Rep. Betsy Markey (D-CO), SPA/MPA ’83

More than a dozen AU alumni either successfully defended their seat or ran for office in their district or region earlier this November.   Betsy Markey, SPA/MPA ’83 led an impressive contingent of SPA graduates running successful campaigns in November as she won a hotly contested election for the U.S. House of Representatives in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. Following is a list of the November 2008 winners.

School of Public Affairs graduates who ran successful campaigns in November 2008 include:

Donald Manzullo (R-IL), SPA/BA ’67 - U.S. House of Representatives member since 1993, representing Illinois's 16th district.

Betsy Markey (D-CO), SPA/MPA ’83 - Newly elected democrat in Colorado’s 4th Congressional district. See related story.

Jim McGovern (D-MA), CAS/BA ’81, SPA/MPA ’84 - U.S. House of Representatives member since 1997, representing the 3rd district of Massachusetts (and winner of the 2008 Alumni Achievement Award).

Jason Kander, SPA/BA '02 - Democratic State Representative for Missouri's 44th district.

Tony Klein, SPA/BA '69 - Democratic Vermont State Representative, district 7. Lorenz EnglundSPA/BA '95, SPA/MA '96Democratic State Representative from Missouri, 85th district.

Mike Panetta, SPA/BA ’93, SPA/MA ’94 - Re-elected “Shadow Representative” for D.C., a position he has held since 2006. 

Paul Strauss, SPA/BA ’86, WCL/JD ’93 - Re-elected “Shadow Senator” for D.C., a position he has held since 1996.

Richard Tisei, SPA/BA ’84 - Republican Minority Leader of the Massachusetts Senate, representing the Middlesex and Essex district.

Election winners from other schools at American University include:

Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), KSB/MBA ’84 -U.S.House of Representatives member since 1997, representing the 47th district of California.

Hugh T. Farley, WCL/JD ’64 - Republican New York State Senator, 44th district.

Jack D. Franks, WCL/JD '89 - Democratic State Representative from Illinois district 63.

Mark Hass, SOC/MA '81 - Democratic Oregon State Senator, 14th district.

Bill Shuster (R-PA), KSB/MBA ’87 - Member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001, representing the 9th district.