Last week’s election not only saw President Obama win re-election but also the addition of four Georgetown Law alumni to the 113th Congress, bringing the number of Georgetown Law alumni serving in congress to a total of thirteen. The election of these Georgetown Law alumni emphasizes the strong and continuing tradition of public service undertaken by many of the Law Center’s graduates, affirming the law center’s motto: “Law is but the means, justice is the end.”
“We are proud of and grateful to the many distinguished alumni who have committed themselves to lives of service, following our Jesuit tradition of being women and men for others” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “We congratulate them on their success and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.”
It seems the unique position of the Law Center in the middle of American political life is considered one of the main factors compelling students to pursue a political career. “Lots of people who come to Georgetown without that [interest in politics] sort of get smitten by the political bug because they’re here” stated Vice President for Federal Relations Scott Fleming.
Mazie Hirono, a graduate of ‘78 was elected to the Senate. During her time at the Law Center she was a standout student who focused primarily on public interest law and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She will now join Mark Kirk 92’, Patrick Leahy 64’ and majority whip Dick Durbin 69’ as senators with a degree from the Law Center.
John Delaney, L’88 (D-Md.), Lois Frankel, L’73 (D-Fla.) and Ann McLane Kuster, L’84 (D-N.H.) have been elected to the House of Representatives. “It was at Georgetown Law where I developed a sense of what I wanted to do with my career and started to put together a plan for becoming an entrepreneur. I started my first company with friends I’d made at Georgetown” stated Delaney, who is also a board member of Georgetown University, where he met his wife, April McClain Delaney.
Lois Frankel, who won Florida’s 22nd district, was a strong advocate of feminist issues during her time at the Law Center as she challenged the male dominated Law Center to make accommodations for its women students. Law Center Alumni who were reelected to the House of Representatives include David Cicilline, L’86 (D-R.I.); John Dingell, C’49, L’52 (D-Mich.); Peter Visclosky, LL.M.’82 (D-Ind.); Chris Van Hollen, L’90 (D-Md.); Frank Wolf, L’65 (R-Va.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, L’66 (D-Md.).