Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat, Oman

Legacy International, in partnership with The US Association of Former Members of Congress, now has a delegation of two former Congressmen and one civil servant in Oman.

The delegation is in Oman as part of the Legislative Fellows Program (LFP), which links community leaders in a two-way exchange that strengthens mutual understanding of the legislative and policymaking processes in Kuwait, Oman and U.S. International. LFP is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by Legacy International.

Delegate Jason Scott is blogging about the trip.  Follow his posts here.

The U.S. delegation to Kuwait includes:

Former Member of Congress Jack Buechner
Buechner was raised in Kirkwood, Missouri. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1972 and was re-elected five times. In 1986 he was elected to US House of Representatives, where he served until 1990. During his tenure, he was Vice-Chairman of the Republican Study Committee and Deputy Whip to former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Buechner served on the Budget Committee and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Following his Congressional tenure, Buechner served as President of the International Republican Institute, a democracy-building, non-governmental organization that is part of the National Endowment for Democracy. Most recently, Buechner served as the President and CEO of “A Presidential Classroom for Young Americans.” Buechner’s international work included the analysis of the political, governmental and economic climates in emerging democracies.

Former Member of Congress, Judge David Minge
Judge Minge currently serves as a Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Judge Minge was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1993–2001, representing Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district.

Minge was born and raised in Minnesota. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Judge Minge was elected to the House in 1993. He was a champion of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), a federal-state partnership to improve water quality and protect the environment. In 2002, Governor Jesse Ventura appointed Minge to the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

David Minge visited the Middle East as a student living in Lebanon for a summer doing independent research on the intersection of religion and politics in that country. He visited Lebanon again in 2003 and renewed acquaintances He has also travelled to Syria, Jordan, Turkey, and Israel. He was an election observer in Bangladesh, served as a campaign observer in Ukraine, and worked on democracy building efforts in Kosovo, Bulgaria, and Russia.

Jason Scott (Corporation for National and Community Service)
Dedicated to public service and youth leadership development, Jason has extensive experience in training, nonprofit development, technology & social media, and youth leadership. Through his work with AmeriCorps, Jason has recruited and trained youth leaders and designed and coordinated various programs. He currently works for The Corporation for National and Community Service in the Office of Leadership Development and Training, where he coordinates online resources support for agency grantees to build their capacity as nonprofits and expand their use of technology and social media tools