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Which KY rep in DC is the most bipartisan, and which the least?

There’s a national index of how bipartisan each elected is in Congress. Where do our Kentucky reps fall on that scale?

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The Lugar Center, founded by Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, calls itself “a platform for an informed debate on global issues.” As such, one of the attributes they value from elected officials is bipartisanship.

In fact, they value it so much that they produce a “Bipartisan Index” for all members of each chamber. Their latest index is for 2023.

In their press release, they note that the 2023 results “showed an intensely partisan Congress, though one that was slightly improved from recent years.”

In the House, the most bipartisan member was Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Pennsylvania. The least bipartisan? Flame-thrower Jim Jordan of Ohio. (Quelle surprise)

In the Senate, the most bipartisan member was Susan Collins, Republican from Maine. The least was Katie Britt, a Republican from Alabama

The results from Kentucky

So, how did our six Congress-folk and two Senators do in this latest index of bipartisan lawmaking? Here’s a table by rankings, with the score for each person. Note that a positive number means more bipartisan than not. Also note that the scores for House and Senate are calculated differently, so cannot be compared. And finally, Mitch McConnell is not included because he is part of leadership, whose responsibilities often outweigh reaching across the aisle.

I have to admit, I was a little surprised to see Guthrie at the top of this list, and with a positive score. But seeing Thomas Massie as the least bipartisan was definitely not a surprise.

What do you think? How much do you value bipartisanship? Any thoughts on our Kentucky folks, or on the index as a whole? Feel free to weigh in using the comment section below.


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Bruce Maples

Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. (Read the rest of his bio on the Bruce Maples Bio page in the bottom nav bar.)

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