U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has again been ranked as the most bipartisan member of Congress from Illinois and the 14th most bipartisan nationwide, according to The Lugar Center & Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy’s Bipartisan Index. This Bipartisan Index ranking is out of 437 members, including the two non-voting delegates from Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, of the 116th Congress.
“Making Washington work for the people of Illinois has always been my top priority, and I will work with anyone, Democrat or Republican, to get it done,” said Rep. Davis. “In the 116th Congress, we worked together to pass several bipartisan COVID-19 relief bills that helped turn our economy around and make critical investments in our nation’s public health, particularly through vaccine production and distribution. Now that Democrats control both Congress and the White House, we can’t let the far left fringes of their party set the course for our nation’s government and keep us from working together. Although the President has yet to follow through on his commitment to work in a bipartisan way, I stand ready to work with the President or anyone on areas where we can find agreement.”
According to former Senator Richard Lugar, founder of The Lugar Center, “The Bipartisan Index is intended to fill a hole in the information available to the public about the performance of Members of Congress. There are innumerable studies, rankings, and indexes that grade members according to a partisan, parochial, or special-interest standard.
“We sought to develop an objective measure of how well members of opposite parties work with one another using bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship data. We gravitated toward bill sponsorships and co-sponsorships for two reasons. First, they allowed us to construct a highly objective measure of partisan and bipartisan behavior. Second, sponsorship and co-sponsorship behavior is especially revealing of partisan tendencies. Members’ voting decisions are often contextual and can be influenced by parliamentary circumstances. Sponsorships and co-sponsorships, in contrast, exist as very carefully considered declarations of where a legislator stands on an issue.
“The Bipartisan Index measures the frequency with which a Member co-sponsors a bill introduced by the opposite party and the frequency with which a Member’s own bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party.”
The Bipartisan Index from The Lugar Center & McCourt School of Public Policy is a non-partisan ranking of how often each Member of Congress works across party lines.