New Jersey’s newest Congressman, Josh Gottheimer, will be a featured guest speaker at Warren County Community College’s commencement on Saturday May 20.
Bakari Lee, the Chairman of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), will be the College’s Keynote Speaker.
WCCC’s commencement is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. WCCC continues to be among the leading community colleges for success in graduation rates and this year is no different. While the graduates are always the stars at graduation, the College is particularly excited that Gottheimer will be on hand for the festivities. Gottheimer’s district encompasses most of Warren County.
“We are thrilled that Congressman Gottheimer will be with us,” said Dr. Will Austin, President of WCCC. “It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our College to the new face in our district.”
Gottheimer, who was elected in November, represents New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District, which covers parts of four counties. He was sworn in on January 3.
He serves on the House Financial Services Committee where he works on three Subcommittees: the Capital Markets, Securities, and Investments Subcommittee, the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee, and the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee. In February, Gottheimer was elected Co-Chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, where he brings Members together across party lines and finds areas of agreement on key issues like lowering taxes, cutting burdensome and unnecessary regulation, and improving infrastructure to help the American people.
After finishing college, Gottheimer went on to work in the Clinton White House as one of the youngest presidential speechwriters in history. He wrote speeches on topics ranging from the global economy to technology and innovation to combating crime, and he also helped draft two State of the Union Addresses.
After leaving the White House, he worked at the Ford Motor Company, where he helped rebuild the iconic auto company’s image and worked on the first American hybrid. Gottheimer was also a Senior Advisor to the Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and published the book Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches.
He later served as Senior Counselor to the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission. During his tenure, he was the first Director of Office of Public-Private Initiatives, partnering with private companies to break through roadblocks and solve national problems. These partnerships saved taxpayers money while helping law enforcement, boosting digital education, and creating jobs.
Before running for Congress, he worked at Microsoft as General Manager for Corporate Strategy, where focused on the company’s expansion into the cloud, e-commerce, and privacy. He has also taught history at the University of Pennsylvania.