Hinckley Institute of Politics Celebrates Milestone

Hinckley Institute of Politics Celebrates Milestone


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(KSL News) -- A milestone tonight for the place that gave many Utah politicians their start.

The University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics is celebrating 40 years and 4000 interns. Many of those interns now serve at every level of government.

U.S. Representative Rob Bishop was a college Hinckley intern. Former legislator turned lobbyist Frank Pignanelli was, too.

Even Presidential Advisor Karl Rove got his start at the institute.

Ted Wilson/Former Director: “There's a tradition here at the Hinckley institute and I’m proud to say it's bipartisan."

The current director, also a former intern, wants to expand the institute's legacy with a grassroots effort.

Kirk Jowers, Director: “One of our goals is to get the engineers, the psychologists the family and consumers studies students down here as interns, because no matter what your most important issue is, politics has an impact on it."

They hope to continue building the state's political infrastructure one intern at a time.

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