From Congressman to Ambassador: The Skills One Needs for Each

Featuring Ambassador John Miller

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Gorton Summer Lecture Series

John R. Miller, the former U.S. Congressman from Seattle whose work combating slavery and sex-trafficking was recently profiled by the New York Times, will speak at the Discovery Institute on Friday during a brown-bag lunch. Miller is the Director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and carries the rank of Ambassador at Large.

Ambassador Miller, a native of New York City, moved to Seattle after earning his J.D. at Yale. He served on the Seattle City Council in the 1970s and was elected to Congress in 1984, representing Seattle’s 1st Congressional District for eight years. From 2000 to 2002, Miller chaired Discovery Institute’s Board of Directors. President Bush selected Miller for his current post in 2002, when he was a teaching at Northwest Yeshiva High School on Mercer Island.

Ambassador Miller’s speech will be this year’s first installment of the Gorton Summer Lecture Series, named for Discovery Institute distinguished board member and former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton. The series introduces young people to the nature and ideals of public service and examines current political issues and their potential impact on the future careers of young people. The speech is also part of Discovery’s ongoing McNaughton Fellows Lecture Series.

The event is free and open to the public. While attendance is open to anyone, the series is tailored for young people interested in a career in public policy. This event will be held on Friday, June 16 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at Discovery Institute, located in the Melbourne Tower on the corner of Third Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle. Melbourne Tower is well-served by Metro bus and public parking is accessible in the adjacent garage on the corner of Second Avenue and Pike Street. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch; light refreshments will also be provided.

To register for this event, please contact Annelise Davis at (206) 292-0401 ext. 153 or send email inquiries to