Student Session with former Senator Heidi Heitkamp


Institute of Politics

IOP Living Room

Wednesday, March 30


Current UChicago students only


Join us for an off-the-record student session with Heidi Heitkamp, former U.S. Senator from North Dakota and an IOP Pritzker Fellow. Sen. Heitkamp is the founder of One Country Project. As a college student, Heitkamp interned on Capitol Hill and at the North Dakota state capitol. Her time in Bismarck sparked a long-term interest in state politics and led her to attend Lewis & Clark Law School.

After a stint as an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Heitkamp returned to North Dakota and re-entered state politics, serving as tax commissioner and state attorney general in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After an unsuccessful run for North Dakota governor in 2000, Heitkamp won the race for the 2012 U.S. Senate seat left vacant by U.S. Senator Kent Conrad. Heitkamp served in the U.S. Senate through early 2019.

Students may find many points of interest in Heitkamp's career, including her service in the U.S Senate and state politics. Sen Heitkamp can also discuss rural representation, campaign strategies, bipartsian negotiations, and many more topics. All students attending the session are asked to think in advance of questions they would like to ask Sen. Heitkamp.


This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.


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