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Herrera Beutler ranked No. 15 for bipartisanship

Each year, the Lugar Center ranks members of the legislature based on their willingness to work across the aisle. The list is produced in tandem with Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

This year, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, earned the No. 15 spot out of 438 House members.

In 2015, she ranked 31st. And in the 113th Congress, between 2013 and 2014, she ranked 113th.

Just a quick note, the list is based on sponsorship and co-sponsorship of bills regardless of their enactment, not voting record. According to FiveThirtyEight, Herrera Beutler votes with the party and President Donald Trump’s position 91 percent of the time.

Here’s what Herrera Beutler had to say about the new ranking:

“In an era when too many politicians are getting stuck in their own ideological corner, this bipartisan ranking means far more to me than just a scholarly data point this is a reflection of the efforts I’ve made and the results I’ve gotten working with anyone, Republican or Democrat, who will help me with solutions that make life better in Southwest Washington. Since I was first elected to office, I’ve been laser-focused on creating better economic opportunities and solving problems for folks from Vancouver to Chehalis to Goldendale to Seaview, and whether that’s standing up for real health care solutions, protecting our native salmon runs, increasing survival rates for expectant moms or preserving manufacturing jobs, I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish.”

Katy Sword

I cover the city of Vancouver and federal politics. Reach me at katy.sword@columbian.com.

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