Former US Rep Rick Nolan promised northern Minnesota voters he would hit the ground running if returned to Congress. As 8th District Congressman-elect, Nolan is living up to that promise by participating in a series of events designed to ensure the Cuyuna Range native arrives well-prepared when the 113th Congress convenes in January. According to a press release, this week Nolan’s grueling pre-swearing in schedule includes the 20th Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress at Harvard University:
Minnesota’s 8th District Congressman-elect Rick Nolan has joined more than fifty other new U.S. Representatives at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) for a bipartisan conference examining a variety of complex issues they will face when the 113th Congress convenes in January.
Labeled as ‘Radical Rick’ by moderates like Norm Coleman and Sheldon Adelson for his unqualified support of the middle class and organized labor, and for his insistence that health care and education be accessible for all, Nolan shared more of his radical ideas for the 113th Congress:
The campaigns are over, and now Democrats and Republicans alike need to get about the business of solving problems and governing this nation progressively and responsibly
We are spending this time discussing and debating issues directly affecting jobs, the economy and the middle class as part of a Harvard program that has for decades helped prepare new Members of Congress to be more effective.
The Program runs from Dec. 11 through Dec. 14, and is intended to complement the House new members orientation. Topics covered in seminars and workshops led by prominent public policy scholars and practitioners include the economy, the federal budget, foreign policy, education, ethics and effectively navigating the legislative process.