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CPPR in  association  with The U.S.Consulate Chennai will be hosting a Google Hangout with Senator Curtis Bramble (Republican)  from Utah and  Representative Jay Kaufman (Democrat)  from Massachusetts. They  will be discussing the ongoing US Presidential elections 2016. The session is scheduled on May 6, Friday at 14.30 pm (IST) at CPPR office.

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Senator Curtis S. Bramble, Utah

Curtis S. Bramble was elected to the Utah State Senate in November 2000.  Bramble is in his fourth term in the Utah Senate, where he previously served as Senate majority leader and currently serves as Senate president pro tempore.

Bramble, a CPA, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants. Bramble was elected as vice president of the National Conference of State Legislatures in August 2013.  He served as co-chair of the NCSL Standing Committees 2012-2013. He is a member of the State and Local Taxation Task Force, a member of the Immigration and the States Task Force, and the International Affairs Task Force. He has participated in forums addressing issues like education, transportation, energy, and taxation.

Bramble began his college career at the University of Notre Dame, and earned his bachelor’s and masters degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.

Bramble is a fixed wing and hot air balloon pilot and owns Stars & Stripes Inc., a hot air balloon company, with former Utah House Majority Leader Jeff Alexander. He and his family live in Provo and are actively involved in motorcycle touring, mountain climbing, scouting, antique automobiles, skydiving, skiing, backpacking, fishing, hunting, scuba diving, and boating at Lake Powell.

He is married to Susan Mackay of Provo, and they are the parents of six children and four wonderful granddaughters and three grandsons.

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Representative Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts Legislature

Jay Kaufman has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since January 1995 and is now in his third term chairing the legislature’s Committee on Revenue.  He had, for two terms before this, chaired the Committee on Public Service and led the effort to develop and pass several major pension reform initiatives.  His primary legislative interests are education, health care, campaign reform, environmental protection, and social and economic justice.  He led the fight to pass and implement the state’s campaign finance reform law, and has chaired special task forces on medical records privacy, the social and ethical implications of genetic technology, and alternatives to property taxes to fund public schools.  During his freshman term, he broke a six-year logjam to win passage of the Rivers Act, a major environmental protection bill.  He is currently leading the effort to pass the Act for Healthy Families & Businesses, a bill that would encourage the substitution of safer alternatives to commonly-used toxic chemicals.  He has sponsored legislation aimed at tax fairness, including the Property Tax Circuit Breaker, and has consistently secured major budget increases for METCO, the state’s premier racial desegregation program.

His monthly “OPEN HOUSE” public policy forum, now in its nineteenth season, has been recognized with the prestigious Beacon Award as the nation’s best televised government relations series.  Jay also serves as director of Northeastern University’s Center for Leadership and Public Life where he teaches and leads leadership development workshops for those in or aspiring to public life. He has worked with legislators from around the country, the cabinet and staff of an incoming governor, the leadership team of public school districts, leaders and managers of county government, classes of promising leaders from minority communities, and groups of community leaders from local governments, churches, universities, civic groups, and state agencies.  He also serves on the faculty of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ leadership programs for legislators and legislative staff in the U.S. and abroad.