SMLS - Conversations with Congressional Insiders

SMLS - Conversations with Congressional Insiders

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March 21, 2017

Students from across the world gathered on Friday March 17, 2017 to discuss the Trump Administration's policies and politics, including health care and the proposed budget. View the full event here.





J. Phillip Gingrey, M.D.

Former U.S. Representative from Georgia

Phil Gingrey is a senior advisor in the Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group and the District Policy Group at Drinker Biddle. Dr. Gingrey is a former U.S. Congressman who served Georgia’s 11th congressional district from 2003 to 2015. Given his medical background and local, state and federal public policy careers, he is uniquely positioned to provide public policy and government relations counsel to clients on issues related to health care, energy and environment, education, communications, and life sciences.


Jim Slattery, J.D.

Former U.S. Representative from Kansas

Jim, a six-term U.S. Congressman, was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee during his entire 12-year tenure in Congress. This Committee has broad jurisdiction over health care, energy, telecommunications, and environmental issues. He also served on the House Budget Committee, House Financial Services Committee, and House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Jim advises clients who have matters pending before Congress, federal agencies, and regulatory bodies. He has experience in energy, railroads, health care, insurance, international trade, and telecommunications.


Moderator & Faculty Director – Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series:


Professor Steve Scully, M.S.

Host, Senior Executive Producer C-SPAN


A senior executive producer and political editor for the C-SPAN television network; Steve Scully is also a host of its morning call-in show, Washington Journal. Scully served as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association from 2006 to 2007. He received an undergraduate degree with honors in communication and political science from American University in Washington, D.C. and then earned a Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, graduating magna cum laude.


The Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series is founded in the spirit of the lifelong friendship of two extraordinary leaders from opposite sides of the aisle. Norman Y. Mineta and Alan K. Simpson met during World War II when Simpson’s Boy Scout troop met with Mineta’s in the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming where Secretary Mineta’s family was then interned with over 10,000 other Japanese-Americans. Despite their differences, both their friendship and their commitment to leadership and public service endured. The Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series aims to create a forum in which students from around the country and the world can engage with extraordinary leaders, explore issues of contemporary public concern, and articulate their own views about the meaning of leadership and citizenship in today’s society.

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