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Aug. 16, 2006
Contact: Steven Jacques, Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-4900.

Dole Institute of Politics at KU names Fellows for fall semester

LAWRENCE — The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas today named two former U.S. Senate staff members, Republican Scott Richardson and Democrat Ed Quick, as its Fellows for the fall semester. Both will teach weekly study groups focusing on the work of Congress.

Quick worked in senior staff positions on Capitol Hill for nearly 25 years. He was administrative assistant to Sen. Thomas Eagleton, D-Mo., and legislative director for Sen. David Pryor, D-Ark. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed Quick to the U.S. Postal Rate Commission, where he served until 1997.

Quick has a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University in Kansas, both in philosophy. He pursued graduate studies in political science at Washington University and also completed the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Richardson, a KU graduate, was press aide to Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., for six years. He has more than 25 years experience in television news and entertainment programming, visual and performing arts, communications and public affairs.

Richardson is a partner in Amalgam Productions, which develops short-form programming and media relationships for n8 Studios. He co-produced “High-Tech Lincoln,” a History Channel special that premiered nationally in May 2005. In 2003, he co-produced the pilot episode for the series “Investigating History” for Kurtis Productions and the History Channel. In 2001, he co-produced “Inside The Presidency with Roger Mudd: Eisenhower Vs. Nixon” for the History Channel. He is currently co-producing director and KU faculty member Kevin Willmott’s feature film “Bunker Hill,” now in production.

From 1990 to 1995, Richardson worked at A&E Television Networks, where he was most recently vice president of public affairs and communications. From 1988 to 1990, he was with ABC News in New York, first on the staff of “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and later as manager of news information. Since 1995, he has written and consulted for a wide range of companies and organizations including Southwestern Bell/ SBC, Media Link, Lifetime Television and The Eisenhower Presidential Center.

Quick’s study group will focus on “The Culture of Congress,” examining the different influences — interest groups, issues, constituencies and elected and appointed officials — that affect Capitol Hill. His study group will meet at the Dole Institute on Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Richardson’s study group will focus exclusively on “Bob Dole, The Senate Years,” in which he will chronicle Dole’s 24-year Senate career and contributions to American life. His study group will meet Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

All study groups are free and open to the public, including nonstudents.

The Dole Institute is located on KU’s west campus, next to the Lied Center. It is nonpartisan, promoting politics and civic engagement as honorable endeavors in American democracy. Fellows are selected for their national reputation, energy, originality and potential to invigorate political life on the KU campus.

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