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Parker lectures about why senators lose re-election Nov. 30 at Bozeman Public Library

November 28, 2011

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David C.W. Parker, political science professor at Montana State University and an expert on the political process, will lecture about why senators lose re-election at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Bozeman Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

During his talk, "Losing: Why Senators Lose Reelection," Parker will review his research, including stories about senators who were defeated and what might be learned from those electoral defeats.

Parker is the author of "The Power of Money in Congressional Campaigns, 1880-2006" as well as articles on the consequences of divided government and how members of Congress employ office expenditures to build reputations with constituents. His article, "Making a Good Impression: Resource Allocations, Home Styles, and Washington Work," won the 2010 Alan Rosenthal Award from the American Political Science Association.

Parker is currently writing two books on Senate campaigns, with one focusing on the 2012 Montana Senate race between Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Denny Rehberg. He frequently provides media commentary for local, state and national news outlets and writes and coordinates a blog for the MSU political science department, "Big Sky Political Analysis ( His co-edited book on archival research methodology is slated to be published in 2012.

Parker's lecture is sponsored by the Montana Humanities Council.

David Parker (406) 994-5163,