For more than 35 years, the Congress to Campus program (CtC) has allowed former members of Congress to interact with and educate college students about the legislative branch.
MONDAY, APRIL 3
4 p.m., Rigas Theater, QCA
What Explains the Discord in Washington and What Can Be Done to Restore Bipartisan Cooperation?
Just a few months after Melancon took office, Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, causing massive levee failures and devastating flooding in the eastern part of his district.
A second major storm, Hurricane Rita, struck the Gulf Coast three weeks later. Melancon worked with the rest of the Louisiana delegation in Congress to bring billions of recovery dollars to south Louisiana. He fought for federal funding for hurricane protection projects such as Morganza-to-the-Gulf and the levee systems in lower Plaquemines Parish and south Lafourche Parish.
In 2010, he was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat held by the retiring Republican David Vitter. In announcing his candidacy on Aug. 27, 2009, he billed himself as "a proud centrist" and "a straight up the middle fighter for the little guy."
Kuykendall served in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2001 representing California’s 36th Congressional District. Kuykendall served on the Armed Services, the Science and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committees of the House.
In his first year in Congress, Kuykendall helped craft a plan to pay down the national debt while still providing a tax cut and protecting Social Security. He secured funds to help clean up Santa Monica Bay and dredge the Marina del Rey Harbor entrance. Kuykendall also authored a provision in the defense authorization bill that allowed active duty military bases to swap surplus land for new structures on the sites they retain, making them better stewards of their assets.
Before his election to Congress, Kuykendall served two terms in the California State Assembly, from 1994 to 1998. During his first term in the state legislature, he served as Republican Whip. He also served on the Banking and Finance, Labor and Employment, Higher Education, and Utilities and Commerce committees.
Kuykendall began his public service as councilman and mayor of Rancho Palos Verdes. He has also served as president and trustee of the Peninsula Education Foundation, trustee of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, chair of the Palos Verdes Regional Law Enforcement Committee and vice chair of the Los Angeles County Emergency Preparedness Commission.
Commissioned as a Marine Corps second lieutenant in 1968, Kuykendall served two tours of duty in Vietnam, participating in the effort to stop the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive in 1972. He rose to the rank of captain and retired in 1973 after a permanent shoulder injury.
Kuykendall became a businessman, working in the commercial and mortgage-banking field from 1973 until 1994. During that time, he founded and served as president of Lockheed Mortgage Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Corporation. He was also a principal with David Buxton Financial Corporation from 1984-1994. Since leaving Congress, he is engaged in local, state and federal government relations and management consulting as proprietor of Steven T. Kuykendall & Associates. In 2013, he became the volunteer president and CEO of Fisher House Southern California, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds for the construction of a Fisher House on the Long Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center campus.
Kuykendall holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Oklahoma City University and an MBA from San Diego State University. He lives in Long Beach, Calif.
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