Colorado's U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner took a partisan beating last week for standing with President Trump on funding a wall along the Mexican border, but his status for bipartisanship continues to climb.
The Republican from Yuma moved from eighth last year in a bipartisanship rating by the Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University to fifth in the latest scores released Tuesday.
“Coloradans expect their legislators to work across party lines on behalf of the state, and that is exactly what I have done throughout my time in the Senate,” Gardner said in a statement.
“It’s an honor to be named among the top five most bipartisan senators as I further Colorado interests. I always prioritize working across the aisle on important issues, including protecting our public lands, working to alleviate traffic in the state, and helping Coloradans pay off their student loans. I’ll continue to put Coloradans first no matter the challenge and get things done to help our great state.”
Gardner also received the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Legislative Action Award last year.
Gardner's office noted he has passed eight bills into law. Five were signed by Democratic President Obama and three have been signed by President Trump, a Republican.
The latest rating reflects how often a House or Senate member co-sponsors legislation with members of the opposing party, without "subjective judgment," to inform voters and the media about who's working across the aisle.
The ratings are based on legislation in 2017 and 2018.
Colorado's Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Denver, was ranked 44th out of 100 senators.
The Senate list is available by clicking here.
In the 435-member House:
- Former Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, ranked 16th.
- Former Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, ranked 119th.
- Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, ranked 120th.
- Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Arvada, ranked 123rd.
- Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, ranked 151st.
- Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, ranked 227th.
- Rep, Ken Buck, R-Windsor, ranked 309th.
The full House list is available by clicking here.
Editor's note: This article was updated March 19 to correct the number of bills Gardner has had signed into law, and to clarify that the 115th Congress also included 2017.