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Liberty University Law and Government Center to Be Led by Robert Hurt

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Virginia 19th District Senator Robert Hurt speaks to a crowd of supporters while standing at the courthouse in Chatham after defeating incumbent 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello on Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Steve Sheppard)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 11:05 AM

Liberty University announced a new center for law and government at its Lynchburg, Virginia, campus, which will be led by former Virginia U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt.

The new center, which is being created in collaboration with the university's schools of law and government, will develop and propose public policy at all levels of government while promoting the "fundamental principles of American liberty: self-government, free markets, and the rule of law," the university said in a news release.

The center will be a place for "robust debate" on state, national, and international issues while engaging Liberty students in a "new generation of American statesmanship," the university said.

Hurt served three terms in Congress before deciding not to seek re-election in 2016, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He served in the Virginia legislature before moving on to Congress.

Former Republican state Sen. Tom Garrett succeeded Hurt in the congressional seat, according to the Times-Dispatch.

"Liberty University has a strong reputation for boldly defending and promoting the values our country was founded upon, and has built a considerable platform to effectively engage in the most pressing policy debates of our time," Hurt said in a statement from the university. "I am thrilled to be a part of this important project during such a critical time in our nation's history."

Liberty University was one of the "go-to" stops in the last presidential campaign for candidates trying to reach conservatives. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign at Liberty in 2015 while President Donald Trump and Ben Carson followed, noted the Liberty Champion, the private, Christian university's student-led newspaper.

Even Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson spoke at Liberty University during the campaign season, WDJB-TV noted.

"We strive every day to make this university a beacon of freedom for the education and enlightenment of the next generation of young Americans," Liberty University chancellor Jerry Falwell said in a statement.

"We believe that we have a responsibility to use the talent and the resources here to vigorously debate and promote those fundamental principles that ensure that every American enjoys the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- as endowed by our Creator and as set forth by our Founders. I believe that this new center for law and government will help fulfill this mission, and I am pleased that Congressman Hurt has agreed to lead this exciting new effort," Falwell's statement continued.

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