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January

UNCOMMON ALLIES COME TOGETHER FOR COMMONSENSE SOLUTIONS

Like all Americans, I’m heartbroken by the recent incidents of gun violence that have shaken our country. The statistics are well known: Americans are 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun than people in other developed countries and nearly 12,000 Americans die each year, ripping apart families and communities. But in today’s divisive political climate, gun violence prevention has become all too difficult to achieve. That is why my colleagues and I are honored to partner with former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS)

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July

THREE COUNTRIES, THREE TRIPS, IMMEASURABLE IMPACT

WASHINGTON,  July 25, 2015 /Medium/ – As President Obama travels through Kenya and Ethiopia this week, I am reminded of the incredible Africans I have met who are transforming their communities and countries.

Over the past year, I have had the privilege of leading three fact-finding trips to Africa with members of Congress, retired generals, policy advisors, and leaders from the private sector. Together, we saw firsthand the invaluable work and impact of America’s development and diplomacy efforts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

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December

BREAKING BREAD AT A BIPARTISAN TABLE

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) at the 2014 U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Tribute Dinner.

Every year, around the holiday season, I stumble upon at least one or two articles about how to avoid politics at holiday gatherings, but these days in Washington, my mantra is to try to find common political ground.

This holiday season, I found more collaboration than one hears if you only read the headlines.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition hosted its 10th Annual Tribute Dinner, featuring USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah with

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