Live podcast hosted by Cathy Gillespie and students: Tova Love Kaplan, Jorne Gilbert and Jewel Gilbert
Topic: Live Podcast: Ep. 147 – The Congress & The Constitution
When: Tuesday 01/03/2022 at 2:00 pm ET
Join us weekly as we chat with Constitutional experts on hot-topic issues via Zoom! The audience is not on camera but is encouraged to ask questions via the Q&A.
Meet the Guest
Bob Goodlatte represented the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from January 1993 to January 2019.
Bob’s service to the people of the Sixth District began in 1977 when he became District Director for former Congressman Caldwell Butler. He served in this position until 1979 and was responsible for helping folks across the Sixth District who sought assistance related to problems they encountered with federal agencies. In 1979, he founded his own private law practice in Roanoke. Later, he was a partner in the law firm of Bird, Kinder and Huffman, working there from 1981 until taking office in 1993.
In the 113th Congress, Bob was elected to serve as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, a position he held from 2013 until his retirement from Congress in 2019. Bob was a continuously-serving member of the Judiciary Committee from the time he arrived in Congress, holding a variety of leadership positions on the Committee. The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over a wide array of issues related to criminal law and justice, immigration and border security, intellectual property including patents copyrights and trademarks, regulatory law, constitutional law and amendments, and the federal courts.
In addition to serving on the Judiciary Committee, Bob also served on the House Agriculture Committee for 26 years, including Chairman of the Committee from 2003 to 2007. The Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over many issues including farming and ranching, forestry and conservation, nutrition, commodities trading, animal welfare, agricultural research and rural development.
Congressman Goodlatte also served at various times on the Homeland Security Committee, Education and Workforce Committee and the Ethics Committee. During his time in Congress, Bob also made a name for himself as a leader on internet and high-tech issues. He served as CoChair of the Congressional Internet Caucus and the Congressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus as well as Chairman of the House Republican Technology Working Group. He also served as a Deputy Whip.
Since leaving Congress, Bob has continued to work on a variety of national issues related to government surveillance reform as Senior Policy Advisor to the Project for Privacy and Surveillance Accountability and to Protect The 1st, where he works on issues related to freedom of speech, religion and the press. He is also a noted advocate promoting intellectual property as the engine that encourages creativity and grows our economy. He also serves on the boards of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress and Sweet Briar College. He has worked with the parliaments of several countries including Nepal, Tunisia and North Macedonia. He continues to lecture on a variety of subjects including immigration reform, criminal justice reform, the Supreme Court and the federal judiciary, and topics on the Congress.
Bob is a graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree in Government was earned at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He has been awarded honorary degrees from Liberty University and Southern Virginia University. In his free time, he enjoys reading, tennis, hiking and travel, having visited more than 120 countries. He resides in Roanoke with his wife of over 45 years, Maryellen. They have two adult children, Jennifer and Bobby; a son-in-law, Matt Barblan; and two granddaughters.
Meet the Hosts
Cathy Gillespie is the Chair of Constituting America, a former Congressional Chief of Staff and former Commissioner of the White House Fellows Commission. She is currently serving as one of 16 private citizens serving on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, helping organize the celebration of our country’s 250th birthday in 2026!
Tova Love Kaplan is eighteen years old and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She currently serves as the National Youth Director for Constituting America and runs the National Youth Advisory Council. She is a three-time winner of the “We the Future” contest and is passionate about educating and empowering young people to use their constitutional rights!
Jorne Gilbert is a recent graduate of Moravian University where he designed a major entitled Dramatic Production and Musical Performance. He used what he learned to further develop the charitable organization Sing For America which he co-founded to produce musicals portraying the art of Truth and Light.
Jewel Gilbert is Executive Producer of Sing for America, a charity founded by him and his family. Sing for America reveals the Art of Truth and Light through live performance. He is the Operations Director for a new business venture, J. Barker Paving. Jewel holds a BA in Musical Performance/Dramatic