Senator Bill Bradley at the Martin School


We are incredibly excited to announce that on October 16th, 2018 the Martin School will be hosting Senator, and former NBA Champion, Bill Bradley. Senator Bradley is giving a lecture entitled "Sports, Politics, and Public Policy: What happens when they intersect?" as part of the Wendell H. Ford lecture series. The lecture will be from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the Worsham Cinema in the Gatton Student Center. 

Senator Bradley attended Princeton University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1965. While at Princeton, Bradley earned a gold medal as part of the 1964 Olympic basketball team and was named NCAA player of the year in 1965. After graduating, Bradley was drafted by the NBA where he played for the New York Nicks. In his third season he led the Knicks to their first NBA championship. In 1983, Bradley was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

After retiring from his impressive professional sports career at the age of 34, Bradley ran for a United States Senate seat. He was elected and served the state of New Jersey as a Senator from 1979-1997. During his time in the Senate, Bradley focused on complex policy reform initiatives. As a notable example, Bradley was a co-sponsor of Tax Reform Act of 1986 which simplified the income tax code, broadened the tax based, and worked to eliminate many tax shelters.

In 2000, Senator Bradley ran in the presidential primaries where he ultimately overtaken by Al Gore as the party favorite and consequentially retired from politics. Currently, Bradly is managing director of Allen & Company LLC and sits on the board of several prominent private and nonprofit organizations. Senator Bradley has written a several books on American politics and culture and hosts a weekly radio show entitled American Voices. 

Please join us at this year’s Wendell H. Ford Lecture on October 16, 2018 at 3:30PM in the Worsham Cinema to hear from Senator Bill Bradley and a panel of local professionals.