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Citadel News Service

For Release
Aprl 26, 2005

J. Gresham Barrett to deliver Corps commencement address 

           Republican Congressman J. Gresham Barrett will deliver the commencement address to the South Carolina Corps of Cadet on Saturday, May 7.

           Barrett is a 1983 graduate of The Citadel and native of Westminster, S.C. As a boy, he worked in the family furniture store. After graduating from The Citadel with a degree in business administration, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army field artillery.

           Barrett serves on the House Budget Committee, the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on International Relations. Prior to coming to being elected the United States House of Representatives in 2002, Barrett served three consecutive terms in the South Carolina State House of Representatives. His service in the State House of Representatives included time on the Education and Public Works Committee, Labor Commerce and Industry Committee, and Rules Committee. He also served on the School Choice Ad Hoc Committee, and as chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Urban Growth. In addition, during the 2000 Presidential election Barrett served on the Bush for President South Carolina State Steering Committee.

           Being active in his community has always been important to Barrett. Previously he has served as president of the Westminster Rotary Club, chairman of the Oconee County Boy Scouts, president of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Oconee County Red Cross, member of the Oconee Kids Do Count Board, and coach of the Barrett's Furniture Pony League baseball team.

           Commencement exercises for the Corps of Cadets begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7 in McAlister Field House.



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