What do Govs. Larry Hogan, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania have in common, professionally speaking? Look to their approval ratings and polling numbers, and you’ll find they’ve successfully navigated highly partisan political climes—and, in Hogan’s case, even overcame a two-to-one disadvantage in voters’ party affiliation—to achieve strong support in their home states. They also were each handily re-elected to a second term this past November.
PBS NewsHour is interested in how this has happened during a time that data suggests is only growing more politically polarized. This month, the daily news program is coming to Baltimore to hear from those three governors about how they’ve achieved success working across the aisle and maintained varying degrees of public popularity. The event, to be called “Divided Nation, United States,” will take place at the Parkway Theater on North Avenue.
“Governor Hogan was pleased to accept this invitation to join with fellow governors from both sides of the aisle to discuss how governors across the country are serving as a model of effective governance and working to implement bipartisan, common sense solutions that improve the daily lives of the citizens they represent,” said Amelia Chasse, a spokesperson for the governor.
The Johns Hopkins University Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute (*breathes*) is sponsoring the Jan. 28 event, which will be moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff.
The Agora Institute is Hopkins’ planned political polarization-focused academic hub, which will be built at the southern end of its Homewood campus. Its primary donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation–named for a Greek shipping magnate–gave the school $150 million to build it, and was also the main benefactor for the Parkway.