2018 Study Tour to Massachusetts

The Congressional Study Group on American Democracy and Civics Co-Chairs, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) along with Rep. Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) visited high schools around Boston, Massachusetts to talk with students and the community about civics and finding common ground across the aisle.

Talking to high school students in Boston and the panel at the Kennedy Institute helped showcase the bipartisanship and friendships that exist in Congress because it’s something that doesn’t always make the 24-hour news cycle,” said Davis. “As a result, many Americans don’t know that more than 70 percent of the bills signed into law this Congress have been bipartisan and that we get along. What most people see is Democrats and Republicans fighting each other and while there are issues we disagree on, this was an opportunity to show that we really do work together on most issues. I am grateful for events like these, organized by the Former Members of Congress association, to promote the bipartisan bills we’ve passed this Congress and the need for more civility when we do disagree.
— Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Every Member of Congress comes from a different background and represents a different part of the country. The bipartisan event, hosted by the Association of Former Members of Congress, allowed legislators from four diverse districts to practice a noble tradition that we’ve abandoned in recent times: having a conversation with people who may not see the world the way you do. I was proud to sit alongside Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA-4), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE-At Large) in Boston to share in that spirit of bipartisanship.
— Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2)
By bringing bipartisanship to schools and organizations across our Commonwealth, our hope was to inspire the kind of debate and discussion that will guide our efforts back in Washington. I would like to thank the Association of Former Members of Congress for organizing this visit and to express my gratitude to my colleagues who traveled to Massachusetts and participated in these critical conversations.
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA)


2018 Study Tour to Illinois

The Congressional Study Group on American Democracy and Civics Co-Chair, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) visited high schools across Illinois’s 13th congressional district to talk with students about civics and demonstrate civility in politics from across the aisle.