The idea, according to former long-time Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar, is to gauge how well members of Congress work with members of opposite parties.
The measuring stick is how often Democrats sponsor, or co-sponsor, bills with Republicans, and vice versa. Also measured is the frequency with which a member’s own bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party, Luger said.
“We gravitated toward bill sponsorships and co-sponsorships for two reasons,” he writes. “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.”
“What we are measuring in this Index is not so much the quality of legislation but rather the efforts of legislators to broaden the appeal of their sponsored legislation, to entertain a wider range of ideas, and to prioritize governance over posturing.”
The index was established by The Lugar Center and McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
Let’s check out how our area members of the House and Senate performed. First, the House:
▪ Emanuel Cleaver, 82nd most bipartisan of 435 members of the House.
▪ Vicky Hartzler, 253rd.
▪ Sam Graves, 220th.
▪ Kevin Yoder, 207th.
▪ Lynn Jenkins, 166th.
▪ Roy Blunt, 10th of 100.
▪ Claire McCaskill, 11th.
▪ Jerry Moran, 9th.
▪ Pat Roberts, 63rd.
(Hat tip to johncombest.com for the link).