In a new study released by Georgetown University’s Lugar Center, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) ranked among the most bipartisan senators in 2019. The Bipartisan Index ranked Grassley as number ten of all senators.
For the last several years, Grassley has ranked among the top 10 bipartisan senators and he continued that bipartisan streak this year. Last year, Grassley also ranked among the most bipartisan senators of the last quarter century, clocking in at 14 of 250 senators who have served during the last 26 years in the United States Senate, which put him near the top five percent of senators since 1993. The high marks demonstrate Grassley’s bipartisan record has been consistent and long-running throughout his service on behalf of Iowans.
“I always try to find a Democrat to work with me when there’s a problem that needs solving. Iowans at my county meetings often ask me why politicians in Washington can’t just get along. I respond that bipartisanship does happen, it just doesn’t get enough attention. For example, this Congress, one of my top priorities has been to address the high cost of prescription drugs. This is an issue that affects everyone. Millions of Americans can’t afford their prescriptions regardless of political identity. That’s why I introduced the only broadly bipartisan bill in Congress to address this. I do my best to work with my colleagues to reach consensus, even when we disagree on other issues. I’m going to continue to work with my colleagues across the aisle to get things done for the people of Iowa,” Grassley said.
The study was conducted by the Lugar Center, founded by the late U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. According to the study, “the non-partisan tool measures the degree to which senators work across party lines.”
A review of Grassley’s bipartisan accomplishments from last year can be found here.