O'Pake Lecture: Rep. Jim Gerlach

Date: November 10
Event: O'Pake Lecture: Rep. Jim Gerlach
Place: McGlinn Conference Center
Time: 2 p.m.

The annual O’Pake Lecture will be delivered by United States Representative Jim Gerlach, discussing "Civility, Compromise and Public Service."

photo: Jim Gerlach

A lifelong Pennsylvania resident, Jim Gerlach earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College and a Juris Doctor from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle.

Gerlach has served for more than 20 years, beginning in 1990 with the first of two terms in the state's House of Representatives, followed by two terms in the State Senate.

He served his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, representing portions of Berks, Chester, Lebanon and Montgomery counties. In December 2010, he earned a spot on the influential House Ways and Means Committee.

One of his biggest legislative accomplishments was creating a much-needed veterans cemetery. The bill Gerlach authored was signed into law by the President on Veterans Day in 2003, and the cemetery opened in Bucks County in 2009.

Start Date: 11/10/2014 2:00 pm
End Date: 11/10/2014 4:00 pm
Location: McGlinn Conference Center
Price: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: O'Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service
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