Bipartisan efforts can work the best
U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., along with U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-Wheeling, can be fiercely partisan when they believe it is necessary to defend the people of our area. But they also know the value of working with lawmakers of the opposite party when that is best.
All three have been recognized for that ability to get along when it serves their constituents.
Each year, the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy rank lawmakers according to how well they work with members of opposite parties.
This year, Portman ranked fourth-best in bipartisanship in the Senate, and Capito was rated seventh-best. McKinley got the 10th best rating in the House of Representatives.
Good for them — and, more to the point, good for us, their constituents. We elected them to stand up for us, not their political parties. Clearly, all three understand that.
Other members of the Tri-State Area’s congressional delegation did not score as high.
In the Senate, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin was rated 27th, Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey came in at 44th, Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey was rated 49th and Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown came in at 59th. In the House, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, was rated 281st.
Susan Collins, the Republican from Maine, once again topped the list in the Senate, a spot she has held for seven consecutive years. Finishing 98th in the Senate was former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats. That’s the lowest spot in the ratings because Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., were not included.
Among the former Democratic presidential candidates who are serving in the Senate, Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar scored highest on the list, coming in at 22nd.
Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican who represents Bucks County and a portion of Montgomery County in Eastern Pennsylvania, was rated first in the House of Representatives.
Good for Portman, Capito and McKinley — and, more to the point, good for us, their constituents. We elected them to stand up for us, not their political parties. Clearly, all three understand that, and we hope the other elected officials who represent our region can put their party affiliations aside and work together in the future.