Our Honorary Chairman, former Congressman Tom Graves, was first elected to Congress in June 2010. His victory in the special election made this small-government, conservative firebrand the first Tea Party member in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Representing Georgia's 9th and 14th Congressional Districts, Tom exerted his conservative philosophy as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, as a leader in the Republican Study Committee, and as an ally to those in leadership positions. He was not afraid to rattle the cages when pushing the conservative agenda.
In his third full term, Tom became an Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman where he saw the importance of strengthening relationships with his colleagues and building trust with those across the aisle. Tom was committed to working with Democrats and Republicans on his committees. As Chairman of the Legislative Branch and Financial Services and General Government subcommittees, you could see the bipartisan root take hold in the work his subcommittees produced.
His final term in Congress provided him a unique perspective when he saw firsthand the value, the productivity, and the success of bipartisanship as Vice Chairman of the Special Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (ModCom). Democrats and Republicans on that committee came together to address tough challenges facing one of our oldest national institutions – the United States Congress. It was truly remarkable to see what the committee could accomplish when they set aside their party affiliations and, instead, chose to work together on behalf of the American people. Looking back on his nearly 20 years of public service, Tom realized the work accomplished on the ModCom was the capstone of his elected career.
Carrying forward that experience, Tom launched a new effort to support bipartisanship in Congress – America's Future, Together.
We are not a typical partisan political action committee (PAC). Instead, one that supports and recognizes Democrats and Republicans who demonstrate the ability to work with those they may disagree with while seeking solutions to the pressing challenges on behalf of the American people.
Now, I know what you are thinking. How can this conservative Republican create a bipartisan PAC? Well, Tom saw that by bringing people together, not dividing them, you could build consensus, get things done, and make a difference. ModCom proved to be a bright spot. And, more importantly, a testament that people from different backgrounds, viewpoints, and political parties working together is still possible.
Congress can work by using bipartisanship as a guide. And America's Future, Together is looking to play its part in getting our political system working again.