Former U.S. Senator and Ambassador to China Max Baucus was the featured speaker at FVCC’s 2nd annual Mansfield Lecture on September 6, 2018.
Inspired by the life and legacy of Montana’s Michael Joseph Mansfield, who served as a U.S. Representative from 1943-1953 and as a U.S. Senator from 1953-1977, the Mansfield Lecture seeks to promote a spirit of inclusivity and collaboration. During his many years at the Capitol and afterward as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1977-1989, Mansfield’s thoughtful statesmanship, political finesse and humble personality gained him wide respect from Republicans and Democrats alike.
Baucus served as a U.S. Senator from Montana from 1978-2014, making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history. After retiring from the Senate, Baucus served as the 11th U.S. Ambassador to China, a post he held until 2017.
Drawing from his personal and professional relationship with Mansfield, Baucus used his lecture, “Mike Mansfield and the Issues of Today,” to compare the legacy of Mansfield to that of the late Sen. John McCain, both of whom were devoted to working across party lines to achieve the best possible outcomes for everyone.