Loras Student on Road to the Democratic National Convention


Loras student, Riley Kilburg (’14), son of Jeff (Loras Athletic Department) and Angie Kilburg of Bellevue, has been elected as a national delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina to represent Iowa’s First Congressional District in September of 2012.

Kilburg, a sophomore at Loras triple majoring in Politics, International Studies, and Spanish, is a great example of Loras students who are actively involved in the political process.

In Kilburg’s words,

“I fell in love with American democracy and am amazed by the peaceful transitions of power that take place in American government. At fifteen, I walked into a Dubuque campaign office to volunteer, expecting to be turned away. To my extreme surprise, they welcomed me and asked me to help make phone calls, knock on doors, and record data for the upcoming 2008 caucuses.

Over the last three years, I have been involved with the grassroots movement, responsible for the passage of healthcare reform, new financial regulations, and student loan reform. Since then I have worked at the local level supporting state legislature candidates and federal congressional campaigns. In the summer of 2011, I left Bellevue for an opportunity to work at the Obama for America (OFA) Headquarters in Chicago as a staff member of the field department.

I returned to Iowa and Loras College to continue my journey in politics; studying politics, international studies, and Spanish. Before I left Chicago, I was offered the opportunity to join the Iowa OFA staff as a full-time organizer in the fall of 2012, which I intend to do. I was also proud to accept offers from state level elected officials to work for their campaigns during the 2012 election cycle.

In January of 2012, finally of voting age, I attended the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus. I had the objective of making it to the state convention so that I could run as a delegate to the national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. I ran and was elected as a delegate to the district and state conventions and then the national convention.

I recently returned from the state democratic convention where I had the opportunity to meet with Loras alumnus, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller (’66) with whom I will travel to Charlotte. I am hoping to run as Chairman of the Iowa delegation and thus have the opportunity to release Iowa’s delegates onto the convention floor.

My liberal arts education at Loras has given me experience with public speaking, in-depth political instruction a great appreciation for the diversity of the United States, and the importance of strong leadership.”

Politics majors at Loras College are some of the most active students on- and off- campus. Students are involved in local elections, internships with local, state and federal elected officials, and leadership roles in organizations both on campus and in the community.

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