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Rand Paul to Speak at UK on His First Year in Senate


By Keith Hautala

Sen. Rand Paul will deliver a public talk March 2 at the University of Kentucky, titled "A Year in the Senate: Discussion and Reflections." 

Paul's talk will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, March 2, in Room 106 of the White Hall Classroom Building on UK's central campus.

Paul, a Bowling Green ophthalmologist and son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas, was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican in 2010, succeeding Sen. Jim Bunning. He has Senate committee assignments in energy and natural resources; health, education, labor and pensions; homeland security and governmental affairs; and small business and entrepreneurship.

The event is part of the Leaders in Public Policy Series, sponsored by the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Paul's talk is co-sponsored by the Gatton College of Business and Economics' BB&T Program.

"We are very pleased to have Sen. Rand Paul visit our campus and talk with our students," said Professor William Hoyt, director of the Martin School. "This lecture series is a great  opportunity for our students, whose interests are in public policy and administration, to hear from the leaders in the field."

The Leaders in Public Policy Series, currently in its second year, has previously featured presentations by former Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen, and former UK President Lee T. Todd, Jr.

"The Gatton College is pleased to co-host this event, where our students will be able hear the thoughts and ideas of an important policy maker," said John Garen, Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics and coordinator of Gatton’s BB&T Program. "Senator Paul’s presentation will be informative to students in business and economics, as well as those from all parts of campus."

The event is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in UK Parking Structure #5, with entrances on South Limestone and South Upper Street.