House reps rated in bipartisanship study

Ryan and Joyce appear high in ranks of bipartisanship

A study ranks U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan and Dave Joyce as two of the most bipartisan members of the House of Representatives — doing even better than they did in the last report that had them high on the list.

Ryan, D-Howland, was 21st in the U.S. House while Joyce, R-Bainbridge, was 31st for bipartisanship during the 2021 congressional session, according to a study from the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, was 161st in the 2021 study, but that is much higher than the 298th showing he had during the 2019-20 session.

The center — a public policy think tank founded by former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican, who died in 2019 — and the McCourt School review every bill, excluding resolutions, to determine if those introduced by members received co-sponsorship from the opposite party as well as how often legislators added their names in support of a bill introduced by a member of the other political party. The study also considers the amount of bipartisan support for a bill.

The bipartisan index uses a historical standard based on 29 years of data to compare current members to historical averages.

The report included 435 House members and 100 senators.

Ryan, who’s represented most of Mahoning and Trumbull counties in the House for 10 terms, was 42nd in the 2019-20 session study and moved to 21st in the 2021 report. The report also listed him as the second most bipartisan House member from Ohio with U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Rocky River, finishing first in the state and 14th overall.

Ryan is running this year as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.

“Doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a red shirt or a blue shirt, I’ll work with anyone to deliver results for working people,” Ryan said. “I’m proud to be among the top 10 percent of the most bipartisan members of Congress.”

During the 2017-18 House session, Ryan ranking 97th in the report and was 72nd during the 2015-16 term.

Joyce, serving his fifth two-year term representing a district that includes parts of Trumbull County, is the Republican nominee in the new 14th Congress-ional District this year that includes all of Trumbull and has it as its second most-populous county.

Joyce finished 31st in the 2021 report, which was an improvement from 44th in the 2019-20 session. The showing in the latest report has him as the third most bipartisan House member from Ohio behind Gonzalez and Ryan.

Joyce was the 56th most bipartisan House member in the 2017-18 session and was 29th in the 2015-16 session, according to the studies.

“It’s important to remember that as Americans, we have a lot more unifying us than dividing us,” Joyce said. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in an effort to end Washington’s dysfunction and find the common ground needed to create serious, long-lasting solutions to the challenges facing our country.”

He added, “We can’t allow the act of reaching across the aisle to become more toxic than the failed policies hurting the American people.”

Johnson, serving his sixth two-year term representing a district that includes all of Columbiana and a portion of Mahoning, is the Republican nominee in the new 6th Congressional District this year that includes all of Mahoning and has it as the most-populous county.

Johnson finished 161st in the 2021 report, which is an improvement from his 298th ranking in the 2019-20 session report.

During the 2017-18 session, Johnson was 149th. He was 205th during the 2015-16 session.

“It’s nice to be recognized as a bipartisan member of Congress, but the truth is I really haven’t changed my philosophy from last year or any previous year,” Johnson said. “Sometimes legislation I vote on is considered bipartisan by outside groups, sometimes it isn’t. When the opportunity arises to work across the aisle, I do. If it didn’t, I wouldn’t have 20 pieces of legislation signed into law by presidents of both parties.”

He added: “I’m not going to vote for something I don’t think is in the best interest of the men and women I represent. Chances to find common ground and work with the other side of the aisle don’t come along as often as I’d like. And right now, I think Speaker Nancy Pelosi is dragging their party to the left of the political spectrum making it more difficult for members of both parties to work together in Washington to get the important things done.”

In the U.S. Senate, Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, who isn’t seeking re-election this year, was among the highest-ranking members in terms of bipartisanship in 2021, according to the study.

Portman was third in 2021 as he was during the 2019-20 session. He was second during the 2017-18 session and third during the 2015-16 session.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, moved up in the 2021 session in terms of bipartisanship than previous years.

Brown, who is in his third six-year term in the Senate,was ranked 45th in the 2021 study compared to 54th in the 2019-20 session, 58th in the 2017-18 session and 68th in the 2015-16 session.


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