Conversation on Community
Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
Employer: U.S. Senate, Office of Senator Debbie Stabenow
Graduation Year: 1998
Current Position: Chief of Staff
Biography: Bill Sweeney, a part of Senator Debbie Stabenow's team for 14 years, was promoted to her Chief of Staff on January 1, 2014.
In addition to his advisory role, Sweeney is the chief speechwriter for Senator Stabenow and manages all communications operations for her. He also works with the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which is chaired by Stabenow.
Bill received his B.A. in Political Science from Albion in 1998. He did his Ford internship with the Albion Volunteer Service Organization (AVSO) where he helped write a successful $2 million grant proposal to the Kellogg Foundation to support capacity-building. He was also active in various campus organizations, serving as a member of the Student Senate, a director of the Student Volunteer Bureau, and participating in service learning activities with Michigan Campus Compact.
Prior to working in Senator Stabenow's office, Bill worked as a political fundraiser for her, as well as several other candidates which include former Michigan Gubernatorial candidate Doug Ross and U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin, District 2).
Bill is grateful for an Albion College education because he developed friendships and a support network that has remained with him throughout his personal and professional life. It also afforded him the freedom to explore different subjects and styles of learning.
"Albion truly broadened my horizon and encouraged me to learn for the sake of learning."