Gardner Ranked as 8th Most Bipartisan Senator

Comes Month After Receiving Bipartisan Policy Center Award


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 of Congress for 2017 and ranked Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) as the 8th most bipartisan Senator.


“My job is to represent Colorado in the United States Senate and that means working across party lines to get things done for the state,” said Gardner. “Whether it’s working with Senator Bennet on a public lands issue important to the Western Slope or spearheading bipartisan legislation to bolster our state’s research and development community, I always put Colorado first. I’ll continue to fight for Colorado and work with members on both sides of the aisle to find solutions to our country’s most challenging problems.”


Senator Richard Lugar (Ret.), Republican of Indiana and President of The Lugar Center said, "Senator Gardner's number 8 ranking in the Senate on the Bipartisan Index shows that he prioritized working across the aisle on legislation during 2017.  His high marks demonstrate that he was willing to consider a wide spectrum of legislative ideas and to work hard to broaden the appeal of his own legislative initiatives."


The BPI rankings of Congressional members in 2017, 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. According to the Lugar Center, “the Senate Republican with the largest improvement over the previous Congress was Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado (up 1.25 points).”


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.


Gardner was recently awarded Bipartisan Policy Center’s Legislative Action Award for his “work to build consensus, elevate the tenor of the debate, practice civility, and advance legislation on pressing issues.”




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 the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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