- Sens. Dick Lugar and Oympia Snowe will join the board of the National Institute on Civil Discourse.
Outgoing Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., will join the advisory board of the National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona.
"The American people want constructive dialogue from their leaders and recognize the dangers to American unity that are inherent in unrelenting partisanship," Lugar said in a statement about the new post.
"The NICD shares my conviction that problem solving and good governance depend greatly on the civility of our public discourse and the reinvigoration of bipartisanship in American politics," Lugar said.
Lugar, the most senior Republican in the U.S. Senate, has long been recognized as a lawmaker willing to work with Democrats on key issues, including agriculture, foreign policy and nuclear disarmament. He lost his bid for reelection to Richard Mourdock in the GOP primary in May.
Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine will also join the board. Snowe announced her retirement from the Senate earlier this year, in part because she was concerned about a growing partisanship in Washington D.C.
In a statement, Snowe said the goals of the institute "parallel my long held belief that only by finding common ground, can we achieve the results for the common good." She was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994.
The National Institute for Civil Discourse is a research and advocacy organization established at the University of Arizona shortly after the 2011 shootings outside a Tucson supermarket during Rep. Gabby Giffords' public meeting.
The group's executive director, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, called the new appointments "a major step in the institute's efforts to reduce the incivility in our political discourse."
And Tom Daschle, a former Senate majority leader and the honorary co-chairman of institute's advisory board, said both senators "have dedicated their careers to working across the aisle to reach bipartisan solutions to our nations' problems"
"Their strong voices calling for a return to civility in our political discourse will enhance NICD's ability to accomplish its mission," Daschle said.
Lugar and Snowe were named among America's 10 Best Senators by Time magazine in 2006.