Our country has been ripped apart by hyper-partisanship. We are a country where political leaders can’t even talk to each other, compromise, or get anything done. Debilitating partisanship in Washington is near a record high, while veteran representation in Congress is near a historic low.
Americans know that extreme partisanship has corroded our national legislature. No national institution is suffering a crisis of trust more than Congress. Congress no longer tackles our country’s biggest issues, and, as a result, public confidence in Congress has plummeted over the last forty years.1
Veterans represented more than half of Congress for much of the second half of the 20th Century. Although veterans have declined in the U.S. population, the decline of veterans in Congress has been far more rapid. Today, veteran representation in Congress is near a historic low at 19%.2
1: Mendes, E., & Wilke, J. (2013, June 13). Americans' Confidence in Congress Falls to Lowest on Record. Retrieved November 5, 2017, from http://news.gallup.com/poll/163052/americans-confidence-congress-falls-lowest-record.aspx
2: Brookings Institution, “Vital Statistics on Congress,” January 9, 2017, https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/vitalstats_ch1_full.pdf