Accomplished WSU Alum to Speak at Foley Event

PULLMAN, Wash. — A former U.S. congressman and Washington State University graduate will address students and others during an April 5 presentation organized by the WSU Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service.

Mike McCormack, who represented Washington state in Congress from 1970-80, will lecture on “The Politics Surrounding Policy Formation: A Legislative Perspective.” The talk is set from 3-4 p.m. in Johnson Tower, Room 807.

McCormack received his bachelor’s (1948) and master’s (1949) degrees in physical chemistry. From there, he taught chemistry at the University of Puget Sound and later worked as a research scientist at Hanford. He went on to serve four years in the Washington House of Representatives and 10 years in the state Senate. He has written and sponsored nine federal laws.

McCormack lives in Ellensburg and is director of the Institute for Science and Society. He serves as vice president of the Alliance for the Advancement of Science through Astronomy.