SEATTLE – In a sense, early returns from the 2016 election are already in: Civility is losing to vitriol in a landslide. But two former U.S. Senate majority leaders – Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi and Democrat Tom Daschle of South Dakota – have been promoting a plan to restore civility to governing.

The two leaders will discuss their “Bipartisan Blueprint for Civility & Democracy” at a luncheon hosted by the William D. Ruckelshaus Center ( on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Benaroya Hall Grand Lobby, 200 University St., Seattle.

The two leaders are co-chairs for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission on Political Reform ( Their proposals include a common U.S. congressional primary election, five-day congressional work week and civic service recommendations for young Americans.

The Ruckelshaus Center ( hosts the annual Chairman’s Circle Luncheon to thank its most dedicated supporters. The center is a joint effort of Washington State University and the University of Washington.


Media interested in the event can contact Erin McCarthy, William D. Ruckelshaus Center (WSU West), 206-219-2418,