Former Senate Leader Daschle to Give Ford Lecture Oct. 18 at UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will deliver the second annual Wendell Ford Public Policy Lecture at the University of Kentucky on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Daschle will comment on effects of the current elections on partisan gridlock, the lost art of compromise, and his proposals for improving the political climate.

The presentation will begin at 4 p.m. in the new Kincaid Auditorium of the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

Following the presentation, Al Cross, former political reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, will moderate a conversation with Sen. Daschle, joined by Steve Voss, associate professor in UK’s Department of Political Science, and Mike Duncan, former chair of the Republican National Committee.

Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota in 1978, Daschle served for eight years. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and was chosen as Senate Democratic leader in 1994. Daschle was one of the longest serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both majority and minority leader.

The lecture is named in honor of Wendell Ford, who served as governor of Kentucky before being elected to four consecutive terms in the U.S. Senate. After his retirement from public office, Ford served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Martin School.

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