Rutherford Named a Top Bipartisan Member of Congress

May 12, 2020
Press Release
Georgetown University and Lugar Center Release New Annual Rankings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) was named in the top 10 percent of the 2019 congressional Bipartisan Index. Released annually by the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and The Lugar Center, the Bipartisan Index measures how well members of Congress work across party lines. In their newly released report, Rutherford ranks 41st out of 437 members of the House and 2nd out of Florida.

“In every organization in America, individuals are expected to work together with their colleagues – why should Congress be any different?” said Rutherford. “From my first day in Congress, I have developed friendships and working relationships across the aisle, found common ground, and compromised without compromising my values. I’m proud of my bipartisan record and will continue to reject the partisan politics that hamper our responsibilities as lawmakers."

"Today, our interdependencies are more obvious and urgent than ever," said Maria Cancian, dean of Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy. "While hyper-partisanship continues in Congress, our latest Bipartisan Index–– a nonpartisan and data-driven tool––points to a crosscurrent of cooperation among lawmakers. This offers hope, as our future depends on our ability to work together across the aisle and across differences for the common good."

“Many functions and decisions within Congress remain bitterly partisan, especially those pitting the leadership of the parties against one another,” said Lugar Center Policy Director, Dan Diller.  “Yet the Bipartisan Index continues to find an undercurrent of bipartisan cooperation between individual members of Congress on introducing and co-sponsoring legislation.”

To see the full results in the House of Representatives, please click here.

About the Bipartisan Index:

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 excludes non-binding resolutions and ceremonial bills. It 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.

About the Lugar Center:

Founded by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, the non-profit Lugar Center is a platform for informed debate and analysis of global issues, including nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, global food security, foreign assistance effectiveness and global development, energy security, and enhancing bipartisan governance.

About the McCourt School of Public Policy:

The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University is a top-ranked public policy school located in the center of the policy world in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to teach our students to design, analyze, and implement smart policies and put them into practice in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, in the U.S. and around the world.