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RELEASE: Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) Addresses University of Chicago Class of 2017

June 12, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO, Ill. – On Friday, June 9th, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) addressed the 2017 graduating class of his alma mater, the University of Chicago. Speaking before the students of the undergraduate college, he reflected on his time in school and the challenges of the current political climate.

“At Chicago, I was taught to assume that there might be a silent student in every class who is the most thoughtful. That is a strange concept in today's political world.  For all the critiques of politics, what I find most jarring is how loud our politics has become, how self-assured.  What seems missing is self-examination.”

Rep. Khanna told students that, “In some sense, every generation is tasked with preserving and perfecting our democracy.  There is no permanence in human affairs.” He urged the graduating class to lend their liberal arts education to this cause.  

“At this moment, we need some quieter voices in our national debate. We need thinkers.  We need listeners.  We need those who have studied history enough to be skeptical about easy slogans or simple promises.”

Rep. Khanna closed his remarks with the simple, yet powerful words, “Our country needs you. I hope you will engage. Congratulations and good luck.”


About the CA-17 Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.