New Hampshire, Maine Senators Rank High In Study Of Bipartisanship

May 26, 2015

New Hampshire U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (left) and Kelly Ayotte.
Credit www.shaheen.senate.gov

  A report on bipartisanship in Congress finds Senators from New Hampshire and Maine among the most likely to work with members of the other party. 

The only two Republican Senators from New England scored high on the Bipartisan Index put out by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University

Maine's Susan Collins was ranked most likely to reach across the aisle, with New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte seventh.

Their Democratic counterparts, Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, and Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire, round out the top 25. 

On the other end of the spectrum were Massachusetts' Ed Markey, Connecticut's Chris Murphy, and, with the lowest score of any Senator from New England: Bernie Sanders, who ranked 90th. 

The study looks at 2013 and 2014 and how often a member signed onto legislation with Senators from the other party, and how often their own bills attracted a bipartisan group of cosponsors.