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Next Generation

Many national elected leaders begin their political careers in state legislatures.  These future national lawmakers are the focus of the "Next Generation” initiative, which aims to cultivate a culture where discourse and collaboration typify public policy development.

"Thank you very much for this initiative. It's what we need in our country. I feel like the public is really crying out for civil discourse." - Jeni James Arndt, Colorado State Representative

Thirty-four legislators from sixteen states convened on Sunday, August 2nd to kick-off the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance. The event took place in Seattle, Washington, the home of this year’s National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Annual Summit. Following the National Network Kick-Off, NICD held a reception where Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly presented the inaugural Gabrielle Giffords Award for Civility in State Governance to Washington State Representatives Hans Zeiger (R-Puyallup) and Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) for their commitment to NICD’s values.  Next Generation attended NCSL as an exhibitor for the second time this year and also presented its workshop, “Building Trust through Civil Discourse” on Monday, August 3rd to a group of legislators and staff from around the country at the Summit.

Why is Next Generation so important to the future of our American democracy? 
Learn why state legislators are committed to the cause:

State Legislators become Next Generation Leaders at Tucson, Arizona Facilitator Training: