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Lawmaker’s Lessons in ‘Running And Ruling’

Tom Williams/Roll Call
Rep. Adrian Smith worked to balance his time between serving in Congress and teaching a course at George Washington University this spring.

“God knows I would love to have other sitting Members teaching for us,” he said. “And Congressman Smith has shown everybody how it can be done.”

Smith’s Syllabus

Like any professor, Rep. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) assigned reading to his students at George Washington University. Below are the books on his syllabus.

Required Reading
• “Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies (2nd Edition),” by John Kingdon, 2002
• “Campaign Bootcamp: Basic Training for Future Leaders,” by Christine Pelosi (daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi), 2007
• “Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making,” by Deborah Stone, 1997
• “Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide,” by the Congressional Management Foundation, 2008

Recommended Reading
• “Ricochet: Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist,” by Richard Feldman, 2008
• “Reagan’s Revolution,” by Craig Shirley, 2005

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