Green Bay businessman and Wisconsin 8th Congressional District candidate Jamie Wall shares his vision for the future of Wisconsin and America in an address at Lawrence University.

Focusing on issues of economic growth and deficit reduction, Wall presents “America Means Opportunity” Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in Lawrence’s Wriston Art Center auditorium. He will conduct a question-and-answer session following his address, which is free and open to the public.

In his first bid for elective office, Wall is seeking the congressional seat currently held by three-term Congressman Mark Green (R-Green Bay). First elected in 1998, Green has announced his candidacy for governor. The National Journal, a weekly magazine focusing on politics, policy and government, has identified Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District as one of the key House races in the country to watch in 2006.

A sixth-generation Wisconsinite, Wall grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Askeaton in rural Brown County and graduated from Wrightstown High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and the following year was named a Rhodes Scholar. He spent two years (1995-97) at Oxford University, earning a master’s degree in political philosophy.

Currently an independent business consultant in Green Bay, Wall served as the head of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s economic development programs from 2003 to earlier this year and is a founding member of the Northeast Wisconsin Economic Development Partnership.

Wall’s visit is sponsored by the Lawrence College Democrats.