Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sen. Johnson discusses immigration, gun violence, other topics with faculty, students

Sen. Johnson discusses immigration, gun violence, other topics with faculty, students

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson answered wide-ranging questions from faculty and students at UW–Madison’s Law School and La Follette School of Public Affairs on Friday, April 20. The Law School’s Compliance Initiative and the La Follette School hosted the 90-minute discussion.

Topics included gun violence, drug use and addiction, immigration, and data privacy regulation.

Following an introduction by Law School Dean Margaret Raymond, Sen. Johnson gave a few opening remarks before taking questions from La Follette School Professors Don Moynihan and Susan Yackee and from Law School Professor John Ohnesorge.

More than 40 students in La Follette’s Public Management course and the Law School’s Administrative Law and Law & Democracy courses participated along with members of two Law School student organizations – The American Constitutional Society and the Federalist Society.

“As chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, Sen. Johnson offers a unique insight on public management in the federal government,” said Moynihan. “This was a rare opportunity for our students to have a candid conversation with a senior policymaker.”

Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, Sen. Johnson also serves on the Committee on Foreign Relations, Committee on the Budget, and Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In addition to his legislative accomplishments, Senator Johnson is one of the leading forces behind the Joseph Project, a job training initiative that helps connect job seekers with opportunities that exist around the state.

Tawsif Anam (MPA ’13) accompanied Sen. Johnson during his visit. Anam has worked for the senator since 2015.