WirePOLITICS: Fitzpatrick ranked one of Congress’ most bipartisan lawmakers

Tom Waring, the Wire

Fitzpatrick is one of the most bipartisan lawmakers in Congress, according to a new, non-partisan ranking.

Fitzpatrick is ranked the 10th most bipartisan member of the House of Representatives (out of 435 members) in the Bipartisan Index unveiled by The Lugar Center, a Washington policy organization headed by former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

“The key to getting things done in Congress is being willing to work toward common goals — things like creating good-paying jobs, strengthening our infrastructure or addressing our national debt — regardless of where they come from,” Fitzpatrick said. “While I am a proud Republican, I’ve worked in Washington under the belief that good ideas aren’t restricted to one party.”

Members were scored based on how often bills they introduced were co-sponsored by members of the other party, and how often they joined bills sponsored from across the aisle. The index scores only bills that have the force of law, not commemorative bills or non-binding resolutions. Only 36 Senators and 144 House members received positive bipartisan scores in the index.

A positive score indicates a lawmaker has scored better than the average bipartisan performance of Congress over the past 20 years. Scores above .5 are very good and scores above 1.0 are outstanding. Fitzpatrick scored 1.25.

Fitzpatrick is a member of the bipartisan group No Labels.