Congresswoman Northup Speaks at Peace Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 20, 2003 – Today, U.S. Representative Anne Northup addressed Peace Corps staff at headquarters. This event was held as part of a guest lecture series for the agency’s celebration of National Women’s History Month.

Congresswoman Northup is serving her third term as representative to the Third Congressional District of Kentucky. Prior to her election to Congress in 1996, Northup served in the Kentucky House of Representatives for nine years. Northup is an empowering woman who is known for her ability to make dreams become a reality through her innovative approach to public policy and result producing communication with Congress.

Congresswoman Northup’s speaking engagement is one of an on-going series of Director’s Forums which highlight special issues related to the Peace Corps. Other Director Forum topics have included a presentations by President Mejia from the Dominican Republic, President Alejandro Toledo from Peru, U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, and John Bridgeland, Assistant to the President and Director of USA Freedom Corps.

Since 1961, more than 168,000 volunteers, including 28,000 married volunteers, have served in the Peace Corps, working in such diverse fields as education, health, HIV/AIDS education and awareness, information technology, business development, the environment, and agriculture. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a two-year commitment.

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