How Partisan is Your Member of Congress? New Index Answers

Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KMOX) – Which local lawmaker is most partisan? Which is most bipartisan? A new index sheds some light on who is reaching across the aisle in Washington.

According to the Bipartisan Index, established by The Lugar Center and McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, Illinois Republican Rodney Davis is the most bipartisan of local House members.

Missouri Republican Jason Smith is the least.

Davis ranks 26th most bipartisan. Smith 415th most of the House’s 435 members.

Illinois Republican Mark Kirk is the 6th most bipartisan in the Senate. Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin is the most partisan of the locals, ranking 67th.

Missouri senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill rank 10th and 11th most bi-partisan, respectively.

The index is based on how many of their bills get co-sponsored by members of the other party, and how many times they cross the aisle to co-sponsor bills.

St. Louis-area lawmaker rankings (the lower the number, the more bipartisan):

In the House (of 435 members):

Rodney Davis (R-Il) 26

Bill Enyart (R-Il) 128 (no longer in House)

John Shimkus (R-Il) 132

Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo) 200

Ann Wagner (R-Mo) 224

Vicki Hartzler (R0-Mo) 253

Lacy Clay (D-Mo) 292

Jason Smith (R0Mo) 415

In the Senate (of 98 members ranked):

Mark Kirk (R-IL) 6

Roy Blunt (R-MO) 10

Claire McCaskill (D-MO) 11

Dick Durbin (D-IL) 67

Click here to learn more about the Bipartisan Index and see the full rankings.

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