The Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series
This lecture series honors Peter Hoagland's legacy and seeks to inspire young people to dedicate themselves to public service. Each year's lecture will feature state and national leaders - leaders who prove that honor and integrity remain essential components in their service to our country. Our inaugural lecture in 2008, held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, featured Nebraskan Ted Sorensen, a former speechwriter and counselor to President John F. Kennedy. In 2009, David Axelrod, adviser to President Obama during the 2008 election was the featured speaker. This annual lecture series will rotate between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Peter J. Hoagland - A Nebraskan who served our state and country with integrity
Nebraskan Peter Hoagland was a true role model, serving our state and country with integrity. Graduating from Stanford in 1963 and Yale Law School in 1968, Peter served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer. He was first elected to the Nebraska Legislature from Omaha in 1978. Hoagland wrote many of the political accountability and open meeting laws that remain on the books today. In the Legislature, he was chair of the Judiciary Committee. He was active on many issues, but known especially for lessening groundwater pollution, toughening drunk driving laws, modernizing education and working to lower health care costs. He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1988 from Nebraska's 2nd District. In Congress, he was known as a member who mastered the issues and the process, a workhorse who could be counted on. Hoagland worked with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. He passed major legislation his freshman year, cracking down on financial institution irregularities. He was appointed to the prestigious Ways and Means Committee his sophomore year. Hoagland received near perfect ratings in support of working men and women, environmental issues and education issues.
About this year's speakers
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City
Mayor Bill de Blasio is the 109th Mayor of New York City. From his early days as a young city hall staffer, to serving on his local school board, to his most recent position as Public Advocate for the City of New York, Bill de Blasio has spent his life fighting to ensure that every New Yorker - in every neighborhood throughout the city’s five boroughs - gets a fair shot.
As Mayor, Bill de Blasio is committed to making sure every child gets a great education, protecting the city’s streets and communities, and building a city where New Yorkers can start businesses, raise their families and afford to live in their own neighborhoods.