Senators Chris Coons and Mike Lee Named Senatorial Visiting Scholars at the National Constitution Center [UPH Wire]

*For Immediate Release *

Jenny Parker McCloskey, 215-409-6616

Merissa Blum, 215-409-6645


Philadelphia (November 11, 2015) – The National Constitution Center today
named Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Mike Lee (R-UT) as its inaugural
Senatorial Visiting Scholars. The newly created Senatorial Visiting
Scholars program seeks to unite senators from both political parties who
have a special interest in constitutional education, dialogue, and
discussion. As visiting scholars, Senators Coons and Lee will participate
in National Constitution Center events both separately and jointly.

“I’m thrilled that Chris Coons and Mike Lee have agreed to join the
National Constitution Center as our inaugural Senatorial Visiting
Scholars,” said the Center’s president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen. “Both Chris
and Mike have thought deeply about the Constitution and are passionate
about constitutional education for all Americans. The visiting scholars
program is an inspiring way of pursuing our congressional mission: ‘to
disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan
Coons most recently appeared at the National Constitution Center in
October for an *America’s Town Hall* discussion on the upcoming Supreme
Court term.
In April 2015, Lee appeared at the National Constitution Center to discuss
his book, *Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s
Founding Document* (Sentinel, April 2015).
Coons is the junior United States Senator from Delaware and a member of the
Democratic Party. He won a special election in 2010. Previously, Coons was
the county executive of New Castle County. Coons is a member of the
Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and
Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees and a ranking member of two
subcommittees: the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the
Courts, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and
General Government. He is a graduate of Amherst College with a Bachelor’s
degree in Chemistry and Political Science, and earned his law degree from
Yale Law School and a Master’s in Ethics from Yale Divinity School. He
also studied at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
Lee is the junior United States Senator from Utah and a member of the
Republican Party. He was elected in 2010. Lee is a member of the Judiciary
Committee, and serves as Chairman of the Antitrust, Competition Policy, and
Consumer Rights Subcommittee. Lee graduated from Brigham Young University
with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and served as BYU’s
Student Body President in his senior year. He graduated from BYU’s Law
School in 1997 and went on to serve as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the
U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then with future Supreme
Court Justice Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Third Circuit. Lee also served the state of Utah as Governor Jon
Huntsman’s General Counsel and was later honored to reunite with Justice
Alito, now on the Supreme Court, for a one-year clerkship.

*About the National Constitution Center *
The National Constitution Center in
Philadelphia inspires active citizenship as the only place where people
across America and around the world can come together to learn about,
debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the
U.S. Constitution. A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as
America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate,
fulfilling its Congressional charter “to disseminate information about the
U.S. Constitution on a non-partisan basis.” As the *Museum of We the People*,
the Center brings the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages through
interactive programs and exhibits. As *America’s Town Hall*, the Center
brings the leading conservative and liberal thought leaders together to
debate the Constitution on all media platforms. As a center for *Civic
Education*, the Center delivers the best educational programs and online
resources that inspire, excite, and engage citizens about the U.S.
Constitution. For more information, call 215-409-6700 or visit


*Merissa V. Blum*
Public Relations Coordinator
National Constitution Center
T: 215-409-6645 C: 215-370-0387
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