Issue One welcomes former Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln and Hawaii Representative Ed Case to the ReFormers Caucus, the largest group of its kind ever assembled to advocate for solutions to fix our democracy.
Sen. Lincoln served two terms in the U.S. House representing Arkansas’s 1st congressional district from 1993-1997 followed by two terms in the U.S. Senate from 1999-2011. During her time in the House, she established herself as a bipartisan, results-centered member. In 1998, at age 38, she became the youngest woman ever elected to the Senate, a record that still stands today. Sen. Lincoln later became the first woman and Arkansan to chair the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee in the committee’s 184-year history. In 2001, Senator Lincoln co-wrote Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate with the eight other female senators of the 106th Congress, which highlighted their lives in public service. Since leaving the Senate, Lincoln has founded the Lincoln Policy Group, a bipartisan governmental affairs consulting firm, and serves as an emeritus co-chair of Third Way.
Rep. Ed Case represented Hawaii’s second congressional district from 2002-2007. He originally became involved in politics as a Legislative Assistant to Hawaii Senator Spark Matsunaga and later served four terms in the Hawaii House of Representatives, where he became Majority Leader in 1999. In 2002, Case was elected to represent the 2nd district in Congress, filling the term of Rep. Patsy Mink, who died in office, and then winning re-election. Rep. Case served on the Budget, Agriculture, Education and Workforce, and Small Business committees. As a moderate Democrat, Rep. Case often worked across the aisle, especially on fiscal issues. He is now a Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Outrigger Enterprises Group.
We are excited to welcome the energy and experience of Senator Lincoln and Representative Case to the Issue One ReFormers Caucus. Their insight and commitment to bipartisanship will greatly benefit the discussion around democratic dysfunction as the ReFormer’s Caucus works to return government to the American people.