The National Network of State Legislators

Launched in 2015, the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance now consists of over 100 current and former legislators from 25 states who are passionate about improving civil discourse nationwide. They are committed to working across the aisle, becoming trained facilitators, and taking action that will bring real change.           

The Network stays connected through regular correspondence from its co-chairs and the Next Generation team along with quarterly online meet-ups throughout the year and an annual conference to engage members in-person. The Network provides state legislators committed to civility with support, skill-building resources, and a community with which to share ideas and questions. 

Although most Network members have participated in the Next Generation program some have joined with the purpose of bringing these important resources to their state legislature. 

If you are passionate about changing the culture of American politics and are interested in joining or assisting the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance please contact Makayla Meachem or call 740-262-9689. 

Annual Summit for the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance

Sunday, August 4, 2019, Nashville, TN, preceding the NCSL Legislative Summit

The National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance's Annual Summit was a success! This year’s theme was  “Uniting Our Stories” and included a daytime event followed by a reception and awards presentation to two outstanding legislators who exemplify civility in their state and beyond.

We are excited to announce our special guests from the "Donna and Bob: An Unlikely Friendship" video. Joining us are Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of  the Family Leader and Sumitra Red Wing, wife and partner of over 30 years to Donna Red Wing of One Iowa. They'll discuss the lasting impact of civility and the  power of listening – no matter the differences.

 We have an exciting new addition to our program - our former National Co- Chair Frank LaRose! As the current Secretary of State in Ohio, he and Michigan  Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently announced the Task Force to Restore and Ensure the Public Trust in Elections. This task force, created in collaboration with the National Institute for Civil Discourse, will work to address the confidence gap between voters and elected officials, candidates, and the public nationwide.

Additionally, Network Co-Chair Denise Driehaus will moderate a panel featuring four esteemed female lawmakers who will share their perspectives on serving in their states, the limitations of civility, and much more. The panelists include: Former Minnesota Representative Susan Allen, Kansas Senator Elaine Bowers, Tennessee Representative Karen Camper, and Ohio Senator Tina Maharath. 

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