- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Former Congressman Ed Pastor is giving $1 million of unused campaign funds to Arizona State University to establish a center to encourage political engagement among students and the broader community.

The university says the Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service will provide students with hands-on experience through internships, participation in political forums and meetings with elected officials.

The center will be part of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Dean Jonathan Koppell called Pastor a living example of using public office to improve communities.

Pastor was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1991. He retired from Congress in January.

Before serving in Congress, Pastor taught high school chemistry, helped direct a community nonprofit and served on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

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