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Congressman Barney Frank to address involving young people in politics.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) will visit the Wheaton campus to talk about how to engage young people in the political process and discuss the most pressing issues he faces as a member of Congress.

Congressman Frank's lecture is organized by the college's chapter of the Roosevelt Institute. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Holman Room, Mary Lyon Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Frank represents the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts, which includes Norton and the Wheaton College campus.  He is the ranking member and former chair of the Financial Services Committee, which last year passed in the House a sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial regulatory system.

Frank began his career in the Massachusetts State House, where he served for eight years before winning a seat in the U.S. Congress in 1980.

Founded after the 2004 election, Wheaton's chapter is among the nation's first college chapters of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, which is aimed at promoting student activism through discussion of public policy issues and the development of public policy proposals in one of six areas: health care, defense and diplomacy, education, energy and the environment, equal justice and economic development. Each year, the 10 best proposals from each area are published nationally and distributed to advocacy organizations and public officials.