NEW: Spanberger Once Again Ranked #1 Most Bipartisan Member of the Virginia Delegation in Congress

In the 2023 Bipartisan Index Unveiled by the Lugar Center & Georgetown University’s McCourt School This Week, the Congresswoman Ranked in the Top Five Percent Among All Members of the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger this week was ranked as the most bipartisan Member of Virginia’s congressional delegation, as well as one of the most bipartisan Members of Congress.

In the latest nonpartisan Bipartisan Index released by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, Spanberger ranks the highest of any lawmaker in either the U.S House or U.S. Senate from Virginia. Additionally, she ranks in the top five percent of most bipartisan Members of either party in the U.S. House.

“Rep. Abigail Spanberger is an annual fixture in the top ranks of the Bipartisan Index,” said Dan Diller, Policy Director, Lugar Center. “Her cumulative scores since she entered the House in 2019 rank second among all House Democrats during that period, making her one of the most reliable bipartisan voices in the entire Congress.”

“To be a responsible, results-focused legislator requires both a willingness and an ability to build strong coalitions. I know that finding consensus is how we achieve real progress on the challenges we face — like contending with threats to our national security, combatting the flow of fentanyl into our communities, lowering costs, and keeping our communities safe,” said Spanberger. “I’m proud to once again be ranked as the most bipartisan federal lawmaker from Virginia. At a time when the most extreme voices can be some of the loudest, lawmakers who remain focused on delivering for our communities must continue to focus on bridging our divides. Virginians and Americans across the county deserve lawmakers who will find common ground.”

With a new bipartisanship score of 1.36085, Spanberger ranks as the most bipartisan Member of the entire Virginia delegation and the eighth-most bipartisan House Democrat.

METHODOLOGY: The Bipartisan Index is based on a formula applied uniformly to all members, and no subjective judgments are made about individual members or bills. According to the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy, the Bipartisan Index measures how often a Member of Congress introduces bills that succeed in attracting cosponsors from Members of the opposite party, as well as how often they cosponsor a bill introduced from across the aisle. Additionally, the Index includes a metric that gives Members credit for the number of bipartisan cosponsors on bills they’ve introduced.

Last week, the Common Ground Committee ranked Spanberger the most bipartisan Member of Congress from Virginia — and she received the fourth-highest score of any lawmaker in the country.


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