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Former Senate Leader John Burton to Speak on Redistricting Initiative in Pomona Student Union Event

The Pomona Student Union (PSU) at Pomona College will host John Burton, the former California Senate leader, who will speak on discussing redistricting and the upcoming challenge to the current system in California’s Special Election in November. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 4:15 pm. Burton will also share his general thoughts on current political issues affecting California and our country.

On November 8, California residents will be asked to vote on Proposition 77, which would shift the process of redistricting from the state Legislature to a panel of three retired judges, selected by legislative leaders.

Burton, a democrat whose career spanned four decades, retired as the state’s second most powerful California politician last December, due to term limits. He was first elected to the Assembly in 1964; elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974, resigned in 1982; practiced law in San Francisco, 1983-88; elected to the Assembly in 1988; elected to the state Senate in 1996; and served as Senate president pro tempore 1998-2004. During his career, he was intimately involved in major redistricting throughout the state.

The John Burton lecture is sponsored by the Pomona Student Union, a non-partisan student organization dedicated to "raising the level of honest and open dialogue on campus. By helping students become more knowledgeable and better informed on the political and social issues that confront our society, PSU aims to create informed citizens.”

The talk is open to the public and will be held in the Pomona College Smith Campus Center, Room 208 (170 E. Sixth St., Claremont). There is no charge to attend the lecture.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.