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The John and Margaret Dalton PathNorth Series on Civility

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As you know, our nation has never been more divided. Rather than cursing the darkness, we launched a civility series to celebrate individuals who are actively choosing to embrace the ethos, ‘we are all more alike than different.’ 

Join us on Monday, June 3 at the PathNorth offices to hear from Senator Saxby Chambliss, two-term US Senator and four-term congressman from Georgia and Senator Joe Donnelly, one-term US Senator and three-term congressman from Indiana. In these roles, they experienced, up close and personal, a divided congress.

Like you and I, they are worried about its members’ inability to accomplish things for the nation’s sake. They will share their insights at our gathering.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Gloria at and include any dietary restrictions. We look forward to having you with us on June 3. 

Featured Speakers

Sen. Saxby Chambliss

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Saxby Chambliss served in the US Senate for two terms and, before that, served four terms in the US House of Representatives. Georgia Trend magazine, which consistently named him one of its Most Influential Georgians, called him "a highly visible and well-respected presence in Washington," and says he earned "a reputation as an affable but straight-talking lawmaker."

During his tenure in the Senate, he served as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Senate Rules Committee; and his leadership and experience on homeland security and intelligence matters earned him an appointment to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he served as vice chairman from 2011 to 2014, advocating for dramatically improved information sharing and human-intelligence-gathering capabilities. His previous role as chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security made him one of the leading congressional experts on those issues.

During the 109th Congress, Saxby served as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and is the only senator since 1947 to have chaired a full standing Senate committee after serving in the chamber for just two years. He served as ranking member of the Agriculture Committee during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

Saxby was first elected to Congress to represent Georgia's 8th District in 1994. Throughout his legislative career, he has been recognized numerous times by the public and private sectors for his work on agriculture, defense, budget and national security issues.

Saxby also served as the co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus and the Senate Reserve Caucus, and as a member of the Senate Rural Health Caucus, the Juvenile Diabetes Caucus, the Caucus on Military Depots, Arsenals and Ammunition Plants, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.

Sen. Joe Donnelly


Joe Donnelly served on Capitol Hill for 12 years, including one term as U.S. Senator and three terms as a U.S. Representative. Joe advises clients in the financial services, defense and health care industries on a host of public policy and government relations issues.

While serving in the Senate, Joe served on a number of committees, including the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, where he was the Ranking Member of the National Security and International Trade and Finance Subcommittee; the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where he was the Ranking Member of the Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management Subcommittee; and the Armed Services Committee, where he was the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcomitteee. He also served on the Special Committee on Aging.

His House tenure included service on the Financial Services and Veterans’ Affairs committees. He was the Ranking Member on the Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

The Lugar Center's Bipartisan Index—a measure of the frequency with which a member of Congress gets co-sponsors for their bills from the other party and the frequency with which they co-sponsor bills introduced by the other party—ranked Joe first among Democratic senators and fourth among all senators in the 115th U.S. Congress.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, Sen. Donnelly held elected positions in his home state of Indiana, including on the Indiana State Election Board. He also previously worked in private practice at a law firm in Indiana.

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