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Non-Partisan Group Ranks Rodney Davis Most Bipartisan Member of Congress from Illinois


U.S. Representative Rodney Davis has been ranked as the most bipartisan member of Congress from Illinois and the top 3% nationwide, according to The Lugar Center & Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy’s Bipartisan Index. For the first half of the 116th Congress, the Bipartisan Index rated Davis as the 13th most bipartisan member of Congress, out of 437 members (includes non-voting delegates from Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico).

“Making Washington work for the people of Illinois has always been my top priority, and I have a record of working with Democrats and Republicans to get the job done,” said Rep. Davis. “This Congress, I’ve teamed up with Democrats and Republicans on legislation to ensure access to health care for out-of-work Americans, protect nurses from being furloughed, investigate our nation’s response to COVID-19, and more. I’m proud of my bipartisan record and will continue to work with lawmakers of any party to move our country forward.”

This Congress, some of Davis’ bipartisan legislation he introduced or was an original co-sponsor on includes the Health Care Protection Act, the Nurse Workforce Protection Act, the Meals on Wheels for Kids Act, the Pandemic Rapid Response Act, the Small Refinery Exemption Fairness Act, the Small Community Transit Improvement Act, the Fallen Heroes Family Travel Act, the LEAP Act, the Social Security Fairness Act, the Route 66 Centennial Commission Act, and more.

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.