WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) ranked among the top 11% 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.

“Southern Illinoisans care about results, not squabbling over who gets credit for what,” said Bost. “That’s the attitude I try to bring to work every day. We’ve been able to make our schools safer, improve care for our veterans, and provide certainty to working families across Southern Illinois. 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.”

"Overall Bipartisan Index scores improved for the third straight Congress after bottoming out in 2011-2012. The new Index scores show that even as the rhetoric and overall atmosphere in Washington remains partisan, there is an appetite among many lawmakers for bipartisan problem solving,” 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.