will now spend the next four months working in session as the Republican
representative for District 14, which covers all or part of three counties in
Montana, as well as part of a Native American reservation.
said: “It has been quite a journey to reach this point, and one that has
required more than a few late nights. But I had tremendous support from my
family and my friends and mentors at the University, and I’m incredibly excited
about this chance to represent the people of Montana.”
was inspired to run after he served as an aide in the summer of 2011 to an
out-going congressman. Once he filed for office in January 2012, his final year
on Plymouth’s BA in Law and Business Studies suddenly became even more intense.
said: “I consulted both my tutor and Judge William Taylor, the Chair of the
Board of Governors at the University, and they both said that I would be ‘mad’
not to go for it.
soon as you file, you are suddenly under public scrutiny and the reporters want
to speak to you to find out who you are. With the time difference, it meant a
lot of late and through-the-night interviews, while at the same time I was
juggling the demands of my degree.”
his mum fielding as many enquiries on the ground as she could, Nick negotiated
his way through the Primaries in June, as well as a small degree of political
mud-slinging, and at the same time successfully achieved his 2:1. He then
returned to the US to run the rest of his campaign – with several university
friends travelling out to help in the final stages.
surprisingly, Nick is one of the youngest members of the Congress, and he has
pledged to use his experience of the British education system in focussing upon
some of the issues in the state, particularly student indebtedness. He is also
working on a cross-party bill to regulate the use of military-grade ‘drone’
technology in government and law enforcement areas, due to fears that they
could violate constitutional and privacy rights.
symbolism of Nick’s journey from Plymouth to America is not lost on him – and
he’s keen to develop links between Montana and the city ahead of the 2020
said: “I cannot say enough about Plymouth, Britain, and education in general. I
had a wonderful experience, one in which I was truly immersed in the culture
and a genuine part of the University. I was a die-hard Plymouth Argyle fan by
the end, and my friends all took to calling me ‘Janner Montana’.
single American knows two cities in the UK – London and Plymouth – so I’m
looking forward to 2020 and the opportunities it will bring on both sides of
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