Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Earns High Marks for Bipartisanship

May 7, 2018
Press Release

Study Ranks Buchanan One of Most Bipartisan in Congress

Buchanan: “Nothing Impossible If We Work Together”

WASHINGTON — A new study has ranked Congressman Vern Buchanan one of the most bipartisan members in Congress. Buchanan co-chairs Florida’s 29-member bipartisan congressional delegation that includes Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.

Buchanan ranked 67 out of 438 Congressmen based on legislation he has introduced and co-sponsored in 2017, according the non-partisan Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. The think tank’s “bipartisan index” is used by the Washington Post to measure bipartisanship in Congress.

“Nothing is impossible if we work together,” Buchanan said. “No single party has the market cornered on good ideas. We need more civility and less partisanship in Washington.”

Buchanan ranked 5th most bipartisan out of Florida’s 27 members and was in the top 15 percent of most bipartisan in the entire U.S. House, according to the study.

Buchanan said his willingness to work across party lines helped him pass important legislation, including creation of a new national ID card for veterans, tax assistance to citrus farmers, funding to combat the health hazard of red tide and stopping the slaughter of American horses for consumption.  

Examples of Buchanan’s bipartisan sponsorships and co-sponsorships include:

  • Buchanan’s SAFE Act (HR 113): Legislation to permanently ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. as well as prohibit the export of live horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses.
  • Buchanan’s Marine Oil Spill Prevention Act (HR 2261): Legislation he introduced with Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to extend a ban on oil drilling off Florida’s Gulf Coast.
  • Rep. Ted Deutch’s Seniors Fraud Prevention Act (H.R. 444): Legislation Buchanan co-sponsored to help prevent and monitor fraud schemes targeting seniors.

The Lugar Center’s Bipartisan Index measures bipartisanship based on how often a member of Congress co-sponsors legislation introduced by a lawmaker of the opposite party, as well as the frequency with which a member's proposals attract early supporters from the other side of the aisle. The center is led by former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana and Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.