December 5, 2019
The NYU DC Dialogues Student Executive Board, John Brademas Center, and the Former Members of Congress (FMC) hosted an off-the-record discussion on impeachment. The roundtable discussion included former Members of Congress Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) (NYU: Stern '74, Wag '78) and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV). Both Members participated in the impeachment proceedings of President William Jefferson Clinton, and discussed their experience and insights into the current proceedings and what it all means moving forward. This event was for students only, and was not recorded nor livestreamed. Students from non-NYU institutions had to register in order to attend.
Nick Rahall represented West Virginia’s Third Congressional District. He served as the Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and also served as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee from 2007 to 2011.
First elected in 1976, he served nineteen terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and is recognized as the youngest-elected, longest-serving Member in the history of the House. As the longest serving Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he was a leader in every Federal Highway debate since coming to Congress. He worked to build and repair the nation’s highways and bridges, improve and modernize airports, and provide critical water, sewer systems and flood control projects throughout West Virginia and the Nation.
A quarter of the bills he sponsored while in Congress related to public lands and natural resources. As Chairman of the Natural Resources he worked to honor the Committee’s charge of serving the natural environment, wild lands, scenic vistas, fish and wildlife, Native Americans, and the public interest.
Christopher Shays represented the southwest region of Connecticut from 1987 to 2009 in the United States Congress. A moderate Republican, who is socially progressive and fiscally conservative, Shays had a strong record of reaching across the aisle to address our nation’s problems. The only Republican Congressman from New England elected in 2006, Shays was consistently recognized for his bipartisan leadership. During his 21 years in Congress, Shays rose to become a senior member of the Budget, Financial Services, Homeland Security, and Government Reform committees. Shays and his wife, Betsi, are former Peace Corps volunteer (Fiji) that championed the national service program, helping create AmeriCorps. Shays is a graduate of Principia College, NYU’s Stern School of Business, and the Wagner School of Public Administration.