Blue Dog Coalition Members Ranked Most Bipartisan House Democrats in 2017

Apr 25, 2018
Press Release

Yesterday, the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy announced the 2017 Bipartisan Index Rankings for members of Congress. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), a founding member of the Blue Dog Coalition, ranked in the top spot on the 2017 Bipartisan Index out of all members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) was the highest-ranked House Democratic freshman. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Blue Dog Co-Chair Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) also ranked among the 10 most bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

All of the Democrats who ranked in the top 10 spots on the 2017 Bipartisan Index Rankings for the U.S. House of Representatives are members of the Blue Dog Coalition.

“The Blue Dogs were founded on the key principle of transcending party lines to pursue commonsense solutions on behalf of the American people,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications. “Congress is intended to function based on compromise. When Republicans and Democrats put politics aside and come together, we get things done and move our country forward. In the midst of a hyper-partisan era in Washington, the Blue Dogs are continuing to walk the walk, and not just talk the talk, when it comes to bipartisanship. I’m proud to join my fellow Blue Dog members as one of the most bipartisan Democrats in the House of Representatives in 2017.”

“I am sent to D.C. to represent and work for all the people of Minnesota’s Seventh District,” said Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN). “My job in Congress is to work with whomever I can to improve peoples’ lives. No one can do that by always voting the party line.”

"I'm proud to be named the most bipartisan freshman Democrat in the 115th Congress, especially on the day the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is also awarding me the Spirit of Enterprise Award for helping businesses grow in New Jersey,” said Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ). “As Co-Chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, I believe no one side owns all the best answers, so I'll continue fighting for New Jersey with a common sense approach to cutting taxes, investing in infrastructure, and eliminating bureaucratic red tape.”