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A Speaker Engagement for Henry Clay Week

By Associated Press / Staff

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Four people who have been U.S. House speaker are planning to be in Lexington this month as the city celebrates Henry Clay Week.

Clay was speaker three times during his years in Congress, starting 200 years ago, in 1811.

On June 24, a tribute is being held, including a moderated discussion with House Speaker John Boehner and former Speakers Nancy Pelosi, Dennis Hastert and Jim Wright.

Robert Clay with the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship says the aim is to keep political partisanship off the table.

"I'm sure there will be a job here or there, but I think at the end of the day we're gonna focus on the role of the speaker of the House and how they've had to use compromise to make their job easier."

Henry Clay Week will be June 18 through 24, and organizers hope it will raise awareness about the Kentuckian known as the "Great Compromiser."