IN THE NEWS: Joe once again ranked as one of the most bipartisan senators by Lugar Center
Joe Donnelly was again praised for his efforts reaching across the aisle to deliver results for Hoosiers, as Tuesday he was rated the fourth-most bipartisan senator of 2017 by The Lugar Center and Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
The recognition of Joe’s bipartisanship is “nothing new,” as the Times of Northwest Indiana writes: last year, The Lugar Center named Joe the most bipartisan senator of the last quarter-century still serving in office.
Joe’s bipartisan work has yielded results for Hoosiers time and again. 40 of Joe’s legislative proposals have been signed into law since he joined the Senate, including 18 during the Trump Administration alone.
From the Times of Northwest Indiana: Indiana's U.S. senators earn high marks for bipartisanship in Lugar Center analysis
INDIANAPOLIS — The two U.S. senators representing Indiana are among the lawmakers most likely to work across party lines in Congress, according to a new analysis from a think tank led by former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind.
The Lugar Center's Bipartisan Index rated U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., the fourth most bipartisan senator in 2017.
High marks for bipartisanship are nothing new for Donnelly.
The Lugar Center previously determined that Donnelly was the second-most bipartisan senator during the 2015-16 Congress, and also rated as the second-most bipartisan senator out of the 240 who have served since 1993.
"I'm the hired help for Hoosiers, and my focus every day isn't on Democrat or Republican but on finding solutions and addressing issues important to Indiana," Donnelly said.
"That's how I have been successful in advancing and getting dozens of provisions signed into law on a range of issues, including to combat the opioid epidemic, improve mental health services for our law enforcement officers and honor our Vietnam veterans."