Keynote Speakers

Hear from former U.S. Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Martin Frost, D-Texas, co-authors of The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis

During their combined 40 years in Congress, Martin Frost and Tom Davis were the field generals for their respective parties, each serving two terms as chair of the Democratic and Republican House Campaign Committees, respectively. With this insight, as well as a wealth of entertaining anecdotes, they'll dissect the causes of the current legislative gridlock and offer ideas for making Congress function again during their keynote presentation.

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"Martin Frost and Tom Davis are uniquely qualified to examine how constant conflict in Washington keeps too many good things from happening."
—Former President Bill Clinton

"Tom Davis and Martin Frost have been in the pits of the great partisan battles of the past yet were able to join with their leaderships to bridge the politics and get real things done."
—U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., 59th Speaker of the House

About the Speakers

Martin Frost 150x208Former U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas

Martin Frost is a keen observer of the national political scene and is regarded as a preeminent political analyst among his peers. In his 26 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Frost earned the reputation of being an innovative lawmaker and crafter of bipartisan legislation. One of the Democratic Party's top strategists, Frost held numerous leadership positions within the party and is a strong fundraiser for his fellow Democrats.

Tom Davis 150x208Former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va.

Tom Davis served seven terms and authored more than 100 bills that became law. As leader of the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia, Davis was the first freshman lawmaker in 50 years to be given a subcommittee chairmanship. Throughout his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Davis was widely recognized as a skilled legislator, an honest broker, and a political mastermind. He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of political minutia, often advising members of Congress on the electoral history of their own districts.

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