On Building a Bipartisan Blueprint

Former congressman to speak at COCC

Former Florida congressman David Jolly is visiting Central Oregon Community College’s (COCC) Bend campus at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, to deliver a presentation titled “Healing the Partisan Divide” as part of the COCC Foundation’s Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program. Tickets to the Coats Campus Center event are $12; free student tickets are available at the Coats Campus Center info desk.  

Jolly, a Republican who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2014 to 2017, will discuss the challenges, strategies and solutions for a bipartisan political future in Congress. His presentation will outline how Republicans and Democrats, or perhaps a new party, might build consensus and advance bilateral agendas to capture the backing of voters in November 2018. Talking points will address the impacts of gerrymandering, closed primaries and the role of new media platforms.

A strong advocate for campaign finance reform who gained a reputation for his bipartisan approach, Jolly served in nearly every capacity in the U.S. Congress, from intern to congressman, experiencing a unique front-row seat to the politic landscape of the past 25 years. Currently, Jolly is an attorney and political consultant who serves as an analyst on MSNBC and CNN, with regular appearances on “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.”

The event is co-sponsored by Brooks Resources Corporation, the Associated Students of COCC and the OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee.

In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation due to other disability, such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.

Information: Charlotte Gilbride, Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program coordinator, at 541-383-7257 or cgilbride@cocc.edu.

David Jolly