Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
President of Marquette University
cordially invites you to
The Les Aspin Center for Government
25th Anniversary Dinner
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Cocktails – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner – 7:00 p.m.
Featuring the Inaugural presentation of the Les Aspin Center Distinguished Alumnus Award presented to
Patrick J. Souders, Comm ’91
Chief of Staff, Assistant Majority Leader, U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin
The Willard Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
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About Patrick J. Souders:
Patrick J. Souders started his political career in the summer of 1990 when he participated in the Marquette Washington program in the office of then-Congressman Richard J. Durbin. After graduation from Marquette in 1991, Pat returned to Washington, DC as a legislative assistant for Durbin. Over the past 22 years he has risen to become the Assistant Majority Leader’s Chief of Staff. He is responsible for the operation of Durbin’s leadership, personal, and state offices and his work with the Senate Democratic Caucus. Pat also acts as the liaison to the twenty-one member Illinois Congressional Delegation. Other responsibilities in the Durbin office have included Staff Director for the Assistant Democratic Leader in the 109th Congress (2005-2006) and Projects Director (1997-2004).
Prior to Durbin’s election to the U.S. Senate in 1996, he served as Legislative Assistant in Durbin’s House office. He has worked on several of Durbin’s campaigns, including successful House reelections in 1992 and 1994, the Senate election of 1996, and subsequent reelections in 2002 and 2008.
In addition to receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Communication from Marquette, Pat earned a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University. He is a native of Quincy, Illinois. His spouse, Amy Ford Souders, is also a Marquette graduate (Arts ’92) and a member of the Aspin Center Board of Visitors. She is a founding partner of Cornerstone Government Affairs. They have a daughter Elizabeth Ford Souders (Elle).
The Les Aspin Center for Government Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Marquette University Les Aspin Center Distinguished Alumnus award is bestowed upon a former Aspin Center student who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their work since graduation. This individual has exemplified the Aspin Center's goals of promoting public service, leadership, and a commitment to their community in their work and serves as an example to all of the Center's current and future students as well as alumni and supporters.