Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve the Crisis

Wed., May 23, 2018 | 12:15 PM — 1:15 PM

Harris Public Policy
Lecture Hall
1155 E. 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Sponsored By: The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy's Project on Political Reform and The Institute of Politics

In today’s hyper-partisan world of politics, is it possible for Democrats and Republicans in Congress and around the country to find enough common ground to move our nation forward on crucial challenges? Former Congressman David Jolly (R-FL) and former Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-FL) will discuss this question with David Axelrod, Director of the Institute of Politics, and take your questions.

In Congress, Democrat Murphy represented a Republican-leaning district in South Florida, while Republican Jolly represented a Democratic-leaning district on Florida’s Gulf Coast. They’ll talk about the gridlock in Washington and how the two of them found ways to work together on seemingly intractable issues such as debt reduction, climate change, community policing and public safety, federal firearm policies, and campaign finance reform.

Please RSVP.

Lunch will be provided.


Featured Panelists

David Jolly
Former Congressman (R-FL)

Patrick Murphy
Former Congressman (D-FL)



David Axelrod
The Institute of Politics, University of Chicago