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Van Hollen Visit

  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen and College President Kurt Landgraf tour the new Hodson Boathouse.
    Sen. Chris Van Hollen and College President Kurt Landgraf tour the new Hodson Boathouse.
  • Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, introduces Sen. Van Hollen to her class.
    Melissa Deckman, Chair and Professor of Political Science, introduces Sen. Van Hollen to her class.
  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen address students and others during a Q-and-A session.
    Sen. Chris Van Hollen address students and others during a Q-and-A session.
  • Sen. Chris Van Hollen answers students’ questions during his visit to WC on Friday.
    Sen. Chris Van Hollen answers students’ questions during his visit to WC on Friday.
  • Political science students join Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), College President Kurt Landgraf, and Provost and Dean Patric...
    Political science students join Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), College President Kurt Landgraf, and Provost and Dean Patrice DiQuinzio on the steps of the new Hodson Boathouse.
October 26, 2018

During his visit to Washington College,Senator Chris Van Hollen tours the new Hodson Boathouse and urges students to get out and vote.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) paid a visit to Washington College on Friday, speaking with political science students and touring the new Hodson Boathouse.

Van Hollen joined President Kurt Landgraf for a walk through the boathouse, where he remarked on the state-of-the-art practice tank for the rowing teams and the expansive ERG room facing the Chester River.

Students from two of Professor Melissa Deckman’s political science courses—empirical research methods, and state and local politics—engaged in a question-and-answer session with Van Hollen in the boathouse’s classroom. Questions ranged from who the senator was supporting in Maryland’s gubernatorial race (Democratic challenger Ben Jealous) to what he felt were the biggest issues facing Congress when it reconvenes after the upcoming midterm elections (wage growth, immigration reform, climate change, criminal justice reform, and infrastructure issues, among others).

Van Hollen, who previously served in the House and was elected to the Senate during the 2016 general election, took the opportunity to encourage the students to vote in the midterms if they want to effect change that they care about. He noted that in the 2014 midterms, only 16% of eligible voters aged 18-29 voted, compared with 57% of people over 60.

“It’s just a huge amount of potential power left on the table every time,” he told the students. “Every vote does count.”


Last modified on Oct. 26th at 2:48pm by Wendy Clarke.