Study: Sen. Donnelly and Sen. Kirk Rank High in Bipartisanship

YLEH Joe Donnelly and Mark Kirk

The Lugar Center and Georgetown University have released a study on bipartisanship in Congress based on bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship.

The study seeks to find out which members of Congress work best with members of opposite parties based on data from 2015.

In the U.S. Senate, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) ranked second in the study followed by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in third.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) finished first.

Here’s how all senators from Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky ranked in the study:

  • Joe Donnelly (D-IN) – 2
  • Mark Kirk (R-IL) – 3
  • Rand Paul (R-KY) – 51
  • Dan Coats (R-IN) – 75
  • Dick Durbin (D-IL) – 92
  • Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was excluded from the study along with Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) both finished at the bottom of the list, 97th and 98th respectively.

The other senator currently running for president, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), ranked 28th.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, here’s how area representatives fared:

  • Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) – 32
  • Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) – 131
  • Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) – 288
  • Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) – 322

Both candidates seeking Sen. Dan Coats’ seat in the 2016 Republican primary serve in the U.S. House.

Here’s how both of those Republican candidates fared in the study:

  • Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) – 138
  • Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) – 435

Rep. Pete King (R-NY) scored as the most bipartisan representative.

A total of 436 representatives are in the study because members representing Washington D.C. and U.S. territories were also featured on the list.

However, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were not included in the study along with four representatives who served less than six months in 2015.

For a full look at the study, click here.

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