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Sinema is most bipartisan Senate Democrat: report

By: - August 23, 2019 1:55 pm

Kyrsten Sinema speaks onstage at The Human Rights Campaign 2018 Los Angeles Gala Dinner on March 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. Photo by Rich Fury | Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

Arizona’s senior senator is the most bipartisan Democrat in the U.S. Senate so far in the current congressional term, a new analysis finds.

Nearly three of every five bills that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has cosponsored have Republican sponsors, say analysts from Quorum Analytics, a firm that tracks congressional action. Her 58% bipartisan cosponsor rate places her atop the heap among Democratic senators.

Her closest competitors in that regard are Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.).

Overall, Sinema ranks third in the full Senate for bipartisanship, trailing Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). 

Sinema also has the distinction of being one of only two senators to have two measures enacted this year, joining Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). Sinema sponsored the LEGION Act, which allows more veterans to join American Legion, and a measure that makes it easier for people to refinance VA housing loans.

But Arizona’s other senator is also showing a bipartisan streak: Martha McSally has lent her support to bills sponsored by Democrats. Quorum’s analysis finds that 41% of McSally’s cosponsorships are for Democratic bills. That ranks her No. 6 for bipartisanship among senators facing election in 2020. 

McSally has also been the most active freshman senator thus far in the 116th Congress, introducing a total of 25 bills.

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Jim Small
Jim Small

Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.