Beyond the BubbleCongress

ROUND UP: Congressional Future Caucus leadership rank among most bipartisan members based on new…

May 5, 2021

On May 3rd, 2021 the Lugar Center at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy released their most recent 2021 Bipartisan Index scores, where members of the Millennial Action Project’s (MAP) Congressional Future Caucus stood out as some of the most bipartisan members of Congress.

The Bipartisan Index scores — which are based on an objective formula that quantifies how frequently Members of Congress co-sponsor a bill introduced by the opposite party, and how often a Member’s own bills attract co-sponsors from across the aisle — reflect complete data from the 116th Congress.

Here are some toplines of the Congressional Future Caucus members’ bipartisan performance during the 116th Congress:

  • 11 members of the Congressional Future Caucus — nearly 1/3 of the Caucus — scored in the top 10% most bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives.
  • Emeritus Co-Chair Senator Kyrsten Sinema was ranked as the 5th most bipartisan senator.
  • 6 additional members of the CFC ranked in the top 25% of all Members of the House.
  • On the whole, members of the Congressional Future Caucus were scored as significantly more bipartisan than the average Member of Congress, with a Future Caucus average score of 0.5893, versus an average score of 0.1725 for the entire House. (Note: Lugar Center considers any score above 0.5 as “very good.”)

The updated rankings build upon the notion that younger legislators are leading the charge in finding common ground in the halls of Congress. Members 45 years old or younger have been scored as more bipartisan than their older peers for the last three Congresses in a row, with both Republicans and Democrats in this cohort scoring above the historical average for bipartisanship. Read more here.

Below is a breakdown of MAP’s Congressional Future Caucus members’ rankings of the 116th Congress.

The breakdown:

  • Average Score of Future Caucus emeritus leaders: 1.059
  • Average Score of Future Caucus members: 0.5893

(Note: Lugar Center considers any score above 0.5 as “very good.”)

Top 10%

  • *Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16)
  • *Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO-2)
  • *Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
  • *Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX-23)
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16)
  • Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL-9)
  • Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-6)
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21)
  • Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28)
  • Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1)
  • Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
  • Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT-4)

Top 25%

  • *Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2)
  • *Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8)
  • *Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL-7)
  • Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL-18)
  • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3)
  • Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6)

Top 50%

  • *Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI-11)
  • Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA-6)
  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-8)
  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2)
  • Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY-7)
  • Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA-17)
  • Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ-7)
  • Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN-9)
  • Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM-2)

* Indicates emeritus Congressional Future Caucus co-chair.

For any questions or comments, please email [email protected].

Updated 5/5/2021.

Rep. Sara Jacobs


Be a part of a network of lawmakers committed to governing effectively, passing more representative public policy, and increasing public trust in democracy.