Vulnerable Freshmen Sponsor Bipartisan Bills More Than Most House Members

Freshmen in tough districts sponsor nearly twice as many bipartisan bills, as a percentage, compared to freshmen in safe districts.

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Jack Fitzpatrick
April 1, 2015, 7:21 a.m.

In the first three months of the 114th Con­gress, fresh­man law­makers in com­pet­it­ive dis­tricts “have co­sponsored le­gis­la­tion with the oth­er party nearly twice as of­ten as col­leagues from safer seats.” The law­makers who have most of­ten co­sponsored le­gis­la­tion with mem­bers of the oth­er party in­clude Reps. Gwen Gra­ham (D-FL 02), Brad Ash­ford (D-NE 02), Lee Zeld­in (R-NY 01), Bob Dold (R-IL 10), Tom Ma­cAr­thur (R-NJ 03), Bruce Poli­quin (R-ME 02), and Car­los Cur­belo (R-FL 26).

On av­er­age, 21 per­cent of the bills co­sponsored by vul­ner­able fresh­men were co­sponsored with a mem­ber of the oth­er party. That’s com­pared to an 11 per­cent av­er­age for non­vul­ner­able fresh­men. (Na­tion­al Journ­al)


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