The Most Bipartisan Freshmen in the House

At the halfway point of the 115th Congress, lawmakers find themselves in an ongoing test of bipartisanship on a long-term spending bill and immigration reform. With both parties hoping to rally their members to compromise, we analyzed the role the 53 freshmen in the 115th House have played in building bipartisan support within the chamber since taking office last January.

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Rep. Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) and Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA-8) lead the 115th House freshmen as the most bipartisan.

60 percent of the bills Rep. Gottheimer has cosponsored since taking office have been led by a Republican sponsor. Rep. Fitzpatrick cosponsors Democratic legislation 34 percent of the time. As the minority party in the chamber, Democrats are more likely to cosponsor Republican legislation as oppose to Republicans cosponsoring Democratic legislation.

The most bipartisan house freshmen by party

Rep. Murphy (D-FL-7) and Rep. Gallagher (R-WI-8) are the most effective freshmen at garnering cosponsors for their legislation.

For the 11 sponsored bills Rep. Murphy has introduced since taking office, she averages 46 cosponsors per bill. Across the aisle, Rep. Gallagher has introduced nine bills so far this Congress and averages 23 cosponsors per bill.

House freshmen with highest average cosponsors.

Rep. Fitzpatrick (R-PA-8) and Rep. Schneider (D-IL-10) lead House freshmen with the most legislation introduced.

With 21 and 17 bills respectively, Reps. Fitzpatrick and Schneider have been busy introducing legislation since taking office. Note: Only three House freshmen have enacted their own sponsored legislation: Reps. Mast, Gallagher, and Khanna.

The most active house freshmen.

House freshmen toed the party line on major votes this Congress.

The health care debate in July, tax reform overhaul in December, and the recent government shutdown have all been defining legislative moments of the 115th Congress. In each instance, freshmen in the House voted in line with the majority of their party.

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