U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo to speak at UofL


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Michael R. Pompeo, the 70th U.S. Secretary of State, will speak at the University of Louisville on Dec. 2 as part of the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

    Pompeo is a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District.

    The secretary graduated first in his class from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall.  After leaving active duty, Pompeo graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review.

    “Secretary Pompeo is the seventh person to serve our nation as Secretary of State and speak as part of the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series.  In this important time in American history, I can’t imagine a more exciting leader to bring to Louisville,” said McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg.

    The lecture, followed by a question-and-answer session, begins at 9 a.m. at the University Club. The event will be live-streamed at McConnellCenter.org. It is not open to the public.

    Editors: Pompeo’s photo is attached. Media representatives planning to attend should contact John Karman at john.karman@louisville.edu or 502-297-7881 by noon, Dec. 1.


    John Karman, III
    John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.