Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
Today, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) shocked the political world by saying he will resign from his Senate leadership position in January to focus his time on the public policy issues he cares about. He has no plans to seek another position in the leadership.
“Stepping down will liberate me to work for results on the issues I care the most about,” Alexander said. “I want to do more to make the Senate a more effective institution so that it can deal better with serious issues.”
Alexander currently serves as the Republican Conference chairman and some thought he had his sights on becoming Republican whip. He plans to run for reelection in 2014, but feels that he can more effectively bring Washington together by moving away from party leadership.
A former two-term governor, Alexander ran for president in 1996 and 2000 and served as President George W. Bush’s secretary of education.
It is refreshing to see an elected official put the need to address the nation’s problems ahead of his own ambitions. It is equally encouraging to see a member of Congress acknowledge the institution’s flaws.
This is only a first step for Alexander -- his work is not done. We hope he can carry the torch for his fellow senators and help them understand that to find the common sense solutions America needs, they must work together. We hope he cooperates with Senate colleagues and begins to foster an environment rich in cooperation.