A Conversation with Rep. Lois Frankel on Capitol Hill

Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL, CAS ‘70) told a standing room-only crowd of more than 100 BU alumni who gathered on Capitol Hill on October 23rd that her time at BU “so changed my life.”

In response to questions from moderator Dr. Christine Hunter (MED ‘80, CAS ‘80), Frankel discussed important moments in her political career, gave advice on pursuing a career in politics (“live a good life, integrity is so important”), and spoke with love about her son and grandchild.

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Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 10/23/2019
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: 2060 Rayburn House Office Building

About Our Speakers:

U.S. Representative Lois J. Frankel (FL-21)

From the student antiwar protests of the ‘60s to her election to Congress in 2012 where she represents South Florida, Congresswoman Lois Frankel has spent her lifetime delivering positive change to her community as a civic leader, state legislator, mayor, and now Member of the United States House of Representatives where she sits on House Appropriations Committee, serving on the Subcommittees for: Energy and Water Development; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies; and State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs.  A trailblazer in the Florida State Legislature, Lois served as the first woman Democratic minority leader.  She became a leading force to improve the economic condition of families and seniors and protect human rights and women’s reproductive freedom – fights she continues today in Congress as co-chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus.  Prior to her election to Congress, Lois served as Mayor of West Palm Beach, raising her city to a new vitality and earning a reputation as an innovative problem solver.  On a personal note, Lois is an avid abstract painter and is most proud of her son Ben, a United States Marine war veteran.


Christine S. Hunter, MD, RADM, MC, USN (ret)

RADM (ret) Christine Hunter brings over 35 years of Federal health program experience to her current board and advisory roles supporting health care quality, insurance, women’s leadership, and education.  She serves as an independent Board Director for WPS Health Solutions and Navy Mutual Aid Association, delivering health and life insurance to military, Veterans, and seniors.  Dr. Hunter co-chairs the NCQA Committee on Performance Measurement, working to improve health outcomes for all Americans, and chairs the Boston University Women’s Leadership Council.  From 2011 until 2018, Dr. Hunter served as Chief Medical Officer for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, ensuring high quality, comprehensive benefits for 8.2 million employees, retirees, and families.  On active duty in the US Navy, she attained the rank of Rear Admiral.  Her military career included leadership of hospitals, health systems, and the TRICARE health plan as well as direct care in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.  Dr. Hunter is a Distinguished Alumna of Boston University, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award for meritorious public service.