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Birch BayhGridlock in Washington.  Who’s to blame?  Republicans? Democrats?  Both parties?  Bottom line, Americans want and expect their government to work.  The question thus becomes, how do we get there? 

At this year’s NCSL Fall Forum in Washington, D.C., attendees will hear from two national leaders spearheading an effort to find a way for politicians to work together for the common good. Jon Huntsman (R), former Utah governor, and Evan Bayh (D), former Indiana governor and U.S. senator, are the leaders of No Labels, a national organization working with members of Congress from both political parties to work across the aisle to solve our nation’s problems.

Huntsman began his political career in Washington as a staff assistant to then President Ronald Reagan. Following his time in the White House, Huntsman was appointed deputy assistant secretary of Commerce, then U.S. ambassador to Singapore. In 2005, Huntsman began his first term as governor of Utah, an office he was reelected to in 2008. Despite being a Republican, Huntsman answered President Obama’s call to service and became U.S. ambassador to China in 2009. Following his time in China, Huntsman was a candidate for president in 2012.

Bayh started his career in politics in 1986, when he was elected secretary of State of Indiana. Just two years later, Bayh was elected governor of the state, an office he held for two terms. After serving as governor, Bayh followed in the footsteps of his father Birch Bayh, becoming a U.S. senator in 1999. In 2010, Bayh announced that he would not seek reelection for a third term.

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