Feb. 7, 2006
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Baldwin City, Kan. – Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, will be the keynote speaker at Baker University’s Founders Day Convocation at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 at Rice Auditorium on the Baker campus.

A fourth generation Kansan from Dodge City, Sen. Roberts’ service to Kansans spans more than two decades. He was an eight-term congressman from Kansas’ First District and is in his second term as a U.S senator. Roberts has built a reputation as a leader in national security and defense issues, agriculture and health care. He is an advocate of a strong education system, free and fair trade policies, increased investment in science and technology, focused foreign policy and a strong military.

Roberts was elected to Congress in 1980 and to the Senate in 1996. He won re-election in 2002.

During the keynote address, Roberts plans to address President Bush’s domestic surveillance program. He will answer questions from the audience after his speech.

Founders Day Convocation commemorates the university’s commitment to education and celebrates its religious heritage. Founded in 1858 by what is now the United Methodist Church, Baker, the oldest university in Kansas, is named in honor of Bishop Osmon C. Baker.