WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) ranked among the top 13% in the House of Representatives for bipartisanship, according to the Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. 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.
“I’ve always strived to work with other members of Congress—regardless of party—to do what is best for the residents of Southern Illinois,” said Bost. “In fact, every bill I’ve introduced this Congress has had bipartisan support. Three of those bills have been signed into law. It’s easy for some folks to talk about the need for bipartisanship, but it’s something else to legislate that way.”
“Members of Congress, from the most progressive to the most conservative can score well on the Index if they dedicate themselves to seeking bipartisan support for their own legislation and give fair consideration to a variety of legislative initiatives,” said Lugar Center President Richard G. Lugar, who served for 36 years as a senator from Indiana.
The Index is based on a formula applied uniformly to all members. No subjective judgments are made about individual members or bills.
BPI rankings are available HERE.