July 19, 2019

12:00 p.m. EDT



Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2060

45 Independence Ave SE

Washington, D.C. 20515

The concept of states serving as important test cases for national governance dates back to the founding of the country. This panel will discuss how lessons from the state constitutions and legislatures prior to and during the American founding were incorporated into our federal government, and in particular, the powers enumerated to Congress and the structure of the branch itself. The event is the first in a two-part series of Capitol Hill luncheons focusing on the important role the states have played in the past and how they may still serve to offer solutions to the modern Congress. This event is co-sponsored by the Constitutional Sources Project.


Lynn Uzzell, Lecturer, University of Virginia, University of Richmond

John Dinan, Professor of Politics, Wake Forest University

Mark Graber, Regents Professor, University System of Maryland

Moderator: Julie Silverbrook, Executive Director, The Constitutional Sources Project

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