NYC | Senators George Mitchell and Olympia Snowe

November 2015

BPC Co-Founder and former Senate majority leader George Mitchell, and BPC Senior Fellow and former Senator Olympia Snowe spoke in New York City in November on the importance of bipartisan solutions to many of the nation’s most pressing issues. The former senators outlined the work that is underway at BPC to make Washington work again. The discussion was hosted by Marlene Hess, chair of the International Women’s Health Coalition, and her husband Jim Zirin, senior counsel of Sidley Austin LLP.

Snowe, who co-chaired BPC’s Commission on Political Reform, highlighted the more than 60 recommendations BPC has developed; the efforts to implement these recommendations, which included the launch of the Healthy Congress Index; and the follow-on work of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

NYC | Governor Haley Barbour

December 2015

Julian Robertson, chairman of Tiger Management, hosted former Governor Haley Barbour to discuss reforming our broken immigration system. Barbour, who served as chairman of the Republican National Committee, co-chairs BPC’s Immigration Policy Project. BPC is actively responding to issues raised in the presidential primaries this year and producing serious work aimed at renewing a productive immigration debate following the election in November.

Seattle | Senators Tom Daschle & Trent Lott

September 2015

Former Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott spoke to a gathering of Starbucks employees on the importance of civic engagement and ending political polarization. John Kelly, Starbucks’ senior vice president of global responsibility and public policy, moderated the discussion, which drew more than 300 attendees at the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle.

Houston | Senators Trent Lott & Byron Dorgan

October 2015

BPC President Jason Grumet led a discussion on the energy industry with former Senators Trent Lott and Byron Dorgan hosted by former Houston Mayor Bill White and former Marathon CEO Clarence Cazalot. Cazalot served on BPC’s Strategic Energy Policy Initiative, an energy project devoted to the notion that the U.S. energy system should provide affordable, secure, and reliable supplies of energy and strive for continuous improvement in environmental performance. Mike Rosen of Air Liquide, a member of BPC’s AEIC, and Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis also attended.