L to R: Senator LaRose, Idaho State Representative Melissa Wintrow, Ted Celeste, Director of State Programs NICD and Maine State Treasurer Terry Hayes.

COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) joined state legislative leaders from across the country on Friday as the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance announced his selection as a co-chair of the organization.

LaRose will serve as co-chair with Maine State Treasurer Terry Hayes (former member of the Maine House of Representatives), and Idaho State Representative Melissa Wintrow. Each co-chair is trained to facilitate workshops on civil discourse in other states.

"I am humbled to be named a co-chair of the National Network of State Legislators Committed to Civil Governance,” said Senator LaRose, “As an active participant with NICD since its inception, I am excited to work with a group of like-minded individuals to spread the message of civility in government”.

As part of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, the network consists of 100 legislators from more than 20 states. Members participate in a workshop called “Building Trust through Civil Discourse," developed by national civil discourse expert, Ted Celeste.

Founded in the wake of the 2011 assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the National Institute for Civil Discourse is a non-profit, non-partisan institute based at the University of Arizona dedicated to addressing incivility and political dysfunction in American democracy by promoting structural and behavioral change. Informed by research, NICD’s programs are designed to create opportunities for elected officials, the media, and the public to engage different voices respectfully and take responsibility for the quality of our public discourse and effectiveness of our democratic institutions. 

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