Pressler encourages young people to seek elected offices

Former U.S. Sen. Larry Pressler plans two public lectures for mid-April on political participation.

The University of South Dakota made the announcement today.

Both of the talks will focus on the need for young South Dakotans to run for political offices at all level.

He will emphasize people can be candidates even if they are on low budgets.

The first event is at 4 p.m. April 16 at Farber Hall in the Old Main building on the USD campus in Vermillion

He speaks at 6:30 p.m. April 17 in Sioux Falls at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The talks are open to the public and free.

Pressler, who turns 76 on March 29, held one of South Dakota’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms, winning as a Republican in 1974 and 1976. He won election to the U.S. Senate in 1978, 1984 and 1990. He lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson in 1996.

He attempted a comeback in 2002 for the Republican nomination to the state’s one seat in the U.S. House but lost in a crowded primary. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014 as an independent and lost.

Pressler is a 1964 USD graduate. He went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He returned to attend Harvard University where he earned a master degree from the Kennedy School of Government. In 1971 he received a law degree from Harvard.

Pressler served two combat tours in the Vietnam war as a lieutenant and received a Bronze Star.

He endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president in 2008 and 2012 and Democrat Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.