WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School unveiled the Bipartisan Index Rankings for Congress in 2023 for the first session of the 118th Congress. For the 5th year in a row, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1) was once again ranked the #1 most bipartisan Member of Congress.

“For the fifth consecutive year, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has set an unrivaled standard in the House on the Bipartisan Index,” said Dan Diller, Policy Director of the Lugar Center.  His place atop the House rankings year after year isn’t an accident.  The foundation of his prolific legislative activity is the principle that bipartisanship produces the best results for his constituents and the country.” 

“I am honored to once again be recognized by the Lugar Center as the most independent and bipartisan Member of Congress in the entire nation. Hyper-partisanship is the single biggest threat facing our Nation. Bipartisanship is the only remedy that will save and heal our nation,” said Rep. 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. 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.”

The Lugar Center and Georgetown University 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. The Index is based on a formula applied uniformly to all members. The Index uses a historical standard based on three decades of data to compare current members to historical averages. No subjective judgments are made about individual members or bills. The Index is intended to serve as a critical resource for voters and the media and to encourage lawmakers to be more bipartisan when writing or co-sponsoring legislation.