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“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of Our Conversation with Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)

Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) represented Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District from January 2005 until he resigned in May 2018.   During his tenure, Dent held a number of leadership positions. For two years, Dent was the chairman of the House Ethics Committee. He was the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on military construction, veterans affairs, and related agencies for

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“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of Our Conversation with Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL)

Four-term Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives during the 2010 midterm elections. Ross first represented Florida’s 12th Congressional District. He has represented Florida’s 15th Congressional District since the district lines were redrawn following the 2010 census. In Congress, Ross has held a number of roles, including serving as a senior deputy whip for House

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Reps. Rice, Gallagher, and Kilmer Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Disclosure and Accountability of Political Spending

Today, Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) introduced the Political Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA) to ensure the public knows who is trying to influence their vote in elections and to prevent lawmakers from abusing leadership PAC funds. These three lawmakers are also co-chairs of the Congressional Reformers Caucus.  “These lawmakers are demonstrating that Republicans

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Issue One Statement on Congress Reaching a Deal on Sexual Harassment Overhaul

Following the news that, after months of negotiations, members of Congress reached a bicameral, bipartisan agreement to update its sexual harassment policy, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Yesterday, the House and Senate finally agreed to a bipartisan deal to ensure its own employees are protected in the workplace. The deal, while not perfect, brings the

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“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of Our Conversation with Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA)

Two-term Congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA) has represented Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District since January 2015. He currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is one of 12 House Republicans who has cosponsored the bipartisan, bicameral Honest Ads Act, legislation aimed at combating hidden foreign disinformation campaigns in U.S. politics by implementing a common-sense disclosure system for paid, online political

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“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of Our Conversation with Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA)

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election in October 2007. In August 2017, she announced that she would not be running for another term, saying she wanted to enjoy more time with her “wonderful and growing family.” Tsongas first represented Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional District. She has represented Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District

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“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of Our Conversation with Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) has represented Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District since January 2009. A former accountant who served six years as the treasurer of Kansas, Jenkins announced her decision to retire at the end of the 115th Congress in January 2017, citing plans to “explore opportunities to return to the private sector, allowing a new citizen legislator to step up

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Why We Left Congress: How the Legislative Branch is Broken and What We Can Do About It

Systemic institutional dysfunction was a leading cause for more than 50 Republican and Democratic members of Congress who voluntarily did not seek re-election this year, according to a new joint report by Issue One and the R Street Institute. Interviews with a select group of over half a dozen outgoing and recently-retired lawmakers who were vocal about why they chose

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Issue One launches 116th Congress with Capitol Hill event

Wednesday evening, Issue One brought together nearly two dozen Republican and Democratic champions for democracy to ring in the 116th Congress and capture this unique moment for political reform. Attendees included former, sitting, and incoming members of Congress who campaigned on and support fixing America’s broken political system. Three Congressional Reformers Caucus Co-chairs (CRC), Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO), Mike Gallagher

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More than 50 former members of Congress urge the FEC to close personal use loophole for leadership PACs

Today a bipartisan group of 58 members of Issue One’s ReFormers Caucus signed on to comments submitted to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) calling on the agency to open a rulemaking to close the personal use loophole for leadership PACs. “We have a unique perspective on America’s campaign finance system and the need for regulations that are both effective and

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