Florida’s New Members of Congress Leading the Way in Civility

Fri, 2017-02-17

by Carolyn J Lukensmeyer | Sunshine State News 

The 2016 election has left our country feeling more divided than ever. Not only did candidates increase political incivility in our country through disrespectful remarks and name calling, but the tone of the campaigns even led to physical violence.

In the years prior to the 2016 election, the public had already completely lost confidence in Congress -- with public opinion polls consistently showing less than 10 percent of Americans having any trust in the body.  The first six weeks of the new administration have left many, both inside and outside the beltway, wondering what must be done to protect the core institutions of our democracy.

Tuesday night 28 Republicans and 18 Democrats -- the Freshman Class of the 115th Congress -- signed a Commitment to Civility. These were both Republicans and Democrats, from red states and blue states, from the North and the South. And the Sunshine State has reason to be proud as nine of their 11 Freshmen members (Representatives Crist, Dunn, Demings, Gaetz, Mast, Lawson, Rooney, Soto and Rutherford) signed the letter signaling their commitment to civility.