Gardner Ranked as 5th Most Bipartisan Senator

Gardner Tops Colorado Delegation in Bipartisan Rankings 

Washington, D.C. – The Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University today jointly released their new Bipartisan Index (BPI) rankings of members for the 115th Congress (2017-2018) and ranked Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) as the 5th most bipartisan Senator. Gardner moved up three spots from number eight in 2017 to join the top five for the 115th Congress.

“Coloradans expect their legislators to work across party lines on behalf of the state and that is exactly what I have done throughout my time in the Senate,” said Senator Gardner. “It’s an honor to be named among the top five most bipartisan Senators as I further Colorado interests. I always prioritize working across the aisle on important issues, including protecting our public lands, working to alleviate traffic in the state, and helping Coloradans pay off their student loans. I’ll continue to put Coloradans first no matter the challenge and get things done to help our great state.” 

Since entering the Senate, Gardner has had eight bills signed into law, five by President Obama and three by President Trump. He has been previously ranked as the most effective member of the Colorado delegation and was awarded the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Legislative Action Award. 

When Gardner received the BPC award, BPC President Jason Grumet said, “Senator Cory Gardner demonstrates the power of strong principles combined with a willingness to reach across the political aisle on issues of consequence to the nation. On matters as diverse and important as immigration, cybersecurity, and the threat from North Korea, Senator Gardner’s primary focus has been on action and results. He is at once a proud member of his party and an effective legislator who places the interests of the country first.”

The BPI rankings of Congressional members in 2018, based on bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship data, allow voters to see how willing their senators and representatives have been to work across party lines on legislation. A BPI score of 0.00 represents the average score for a member over a 20-year statistical baseline. Scores above 0.00 are judged to be bipartisan, those below 0.00 are partisan. Last year Senator Gardner ranked as the 8th most bipartisan Senator for members of Congress for 2017.

The Bipartisan Index measures how often a member of Congress introduces bills that succeed in attracting co-sponsors from members of the other party, and how often they in turn co-sponsor a bill introduced from across the aisle. The Index is based on a formula applied uniformly to all members. No subjective judgments are made about individual members or bills. The Index serves as a critical resource for voters and the media and, its sponsors hope, encourages lawmakers to be more bipartisan when writing or co-sponsoring legislation.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.