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  • Rep. Jack Metcalf (R-WA) (1927 - 2007)
    Metcalf , a Representative from Washington; born in Marysville, Snohomish County, Wash., November 30, 1927; B.A. and B.Ed., Pacific Lutheran University, 1951; M.A., University of Washington, 1966; owne...
  • Lois Capps, U.S. Congress
    Capps, (wife of Walter Capps), a Representative from California; born in Ladysmith, Rusk County, Wis., January 10, 1938; graduated from Flathead County High School, Kalispell, Mont., 1955; B.S., Pacifi...
  • Rick Larsen, U.S. Congress
    Ray "Rick" Larsen (born June 15, 1965) is the United States Representative for Washington's 2nd congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. He was first elected to the House of Represe...


Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) is a private university offering liberal arts and professional school programs located in Parkland, a suburb of Tacoma, Washington, United States. Founded by Norwegian Lutheran pioneers in 1890, PLU is sponsored by the 580 congregations of Region I of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. PLU has approximately 3,300 students enrolled. As of 2015, the school employs 216 full-time professors on the 156-acre (630,000 m2) woodland campus.

PLU consists of the College of Arts and Sciences (including of the Divisions of Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences), the School of Arts and Communication, the School of Business, the School of Education and Kinesiology, and the School of Nursing.

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