Lugar Center: Fitzpatrick Ranked As Most Bipartisan Member of Congress
This Bucks County Republican set a new record for bipartisanship in 2019.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) ranked as the most bipartisan member of the U.S. House in the first year of the 116th Congress and broke the previous all-time bipartisan score, according to the Bipartisan Index from the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
The Lugar Center’s Policy Director congratulated Fitzpatrick’s dedication to bipartisan legislation in a statement released on Tuesday.
“In 2019, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick earned the highest Bipartisan Index score we have ever recorded by a House member,” said Dan Diller, Policy Director, The Lugar Center, Georgetown University. “Leading the House with a record score is all the more notable in a year when 57% of his House colleagues scored below the historical average and hyper-partisan politics frequently grips Washington.”
Diller also described Fitzpatrick as “consistent” for working with Democrats on legislation and pointed to the Bipartisan Index score from the previous Congress from 2017-2018 when he finished in second place, only trailing Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who has since retired.
Fitzpatrick issued a statement describing bipartisanship as the “only remedy” to help the nation.
“Hyper-partisanship is the single biggest threat facing our Nation. Bipartisanship is the only remedy that will save and heal our nation,” said Fitzpatrick. “Which of these paths one chooses determines whether they desire to be part of the problem or part of the solution”
“If one chooses partisanship and condemns those who think differently, they are part of the problem. If one chooses bipartisanship and seeks to build bridges with those who think differently, they are part of the solution,” Fitzpatrick continued. “I have chosen, and will continue to choose, the path of bipartisanship and problem solving because I love the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth.”
Only four additional members of the Pennsylvania House delegation cracked the top 100 in 2019. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) was the second highest in the PA delegation ranked as the 70th most bipartisan member, followed by Rep. G.T. Thompson (R-Centre) ranked as the 87th most bipartisan member, then Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) ranked as the 91st most bipartisan member, and Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) finishing as the 92nd most bipartisan member of Congress.
Below is the bipartisan rankings for the entire PA House Delegation in 2019 for the 437 House members scored.
The Lugar Center also provided bipartisan scores for the U.S. Senate as well and both Pennsylvania Senators found themselves in the middle of the 100 member pack. Sen. Pat Toomey (R) finished in 44th most bipartisan member of the Senate, while Sen. Bob Casey (D) finished in 49th most bipartisan member of the Senate.