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New Study Spotlights the Virtues of Compromise in Contentious Political Times, The Messenger, September 2023

How effective are Greater Cincinnati’s lawmakers?, Cincinnati Enquirer, September 2023

Rep. Bacon Announces 2024 Campaign, KTIC, August 2023

Outreach opportunities amplify constituent voices, Citrus County Chronicle, August 2023

“Audition for Trump-running mate complete”: Elise Stefanik’s ‘proud MAGA’ claim sparks intense trolling online, SK-POP, August 2023

Members of Congress Are Back in Their Districts: How Should You Evaluate What They Say?, The Messenger, August 2023

IndyStar examined U.S. Rep. Jim Banks’ record in Congress and the Statehouse, IndyStar, August 2023

How to Improve the Quality of Congressional Staff, The Messenger, July 2023

Scripps News names Braun “most active” Senator in writing & passing laws this year, The Hamilton County Reporter Newspaper, July 2023

How one of Utah’s lawmakers is battling federal agencies over state lands, Deseret News, July 2023

Ted Cruz aims to be seen as an effective lawmaker as 2024 nears, Houston Chronicle, June 2023

See what LA County’s congressional delegation got done last termLos Angeles Daily News, June 2023 (also in The Orange County Register and the Whittier Daily News)

Quantifying the power of bipartisan coalitions, Northwestern Now, May 2023 (also here and here).

More Youngkinology & Jeff Roe Remorse Theories, Puck, May 2023 (also here)

DeLauro Ranked Among Most Effective Lawmakers in 117th Congress, Press Release from the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, May 2023

Joyce among ‘most effective’ GOP lawmakers, Tribune Chronicle, May 2023

Some Ohio Congress members rate among most effective legislators in the country, report says, and The Plain Dealer, April 2023

Group ranks Spanberger most effective on agriculture, Culpeper Star-Exponent, April 2023

New report ranks Spanberger as most effective lawmaker on agriculture issues in entire Congress, Fredericksburg Today, April 2023 (also in Alex Walia Stock Market Updates)

Bipartisan ideals make more effective governing, The Marietta Times, April 2023

Jim Jordan is one of the least effective GOP members of Congress: report, Raw Story, April 2023

For Spanberger, work on new farm bill no chore, but an opportunity, Richmond-Times Dispatch, April 2023 (also in The Daily Progress)

‘A crisis in the West’: Rep. Neguse reforms Bipartisan Wildfire Caucus to target disaster relief, prevention and mitigation, Sky-Hi News, April 2023

Notes from Nash: Notes with Alan Wiseman – Legislative Effectiveness, The Vanderbilt Hustler, April 2023

Fetterman’s Return to Senate Poses Challenges, The Villanovan, April 2023

Senator Braun named one of most effective Republican leaders in number of categories, 95.3 MNC, March 2023 

Wicker among the most effective Republican U.S. Senators, Biloxi Local News and Events, March 2023 

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA11) Named Most Effective Lawmaker of the 117th Congress, Blue Virginia, March 2023 

Curtis, Lee among the ‘most effective’ in Congress, study says, Brightgram, March 2023 

Colorado’s Joe Neguse, Jason Crow ranked among most effective House lawmakers in study, Colorado Politics, March 2023 (also in Colorado Local News, JobHub, Latest News Online News Portal, The Jackson Press)

Center For Effective Lawmaking Reveals Most Effective Lawmakers Of The 117th Congress, Denver Daily Chronicle, March 2023 

Curtis, Lee among the ‘most effective’ in Congress, study says, Desert News, March 2023 (also in USA Freedom LIVE, USA New News, and Yahoo! News) 

Insider: Pro-Florida billboard appears amid DeSantis-Whitmer rivalry, Detroit News, March 2023 

Gus Bilirakis Ranked as Most Effective U.S. House Member Representing Florida, Florida Daily, March 2023  

Marco Rubio Ranked as the Third Most Effective Senator, Florida Daily, March 2023 

Marco Rubio ranked as No. 3 most effective U.S. Senator, Florida Daily, March 2023 

Winner and Loser of the Week in Florida politics — Week of 3.19.23, Florida Politics, March 2023 (also here)

Gus Bilirakis Ranked Most Effective Congressman Representing Florida, Geek Reporter, March 2023 

Utah lawmakers rank in top 10 ‘most effective’ GOP members of Congress, KSL NewRadio 102.7 FM, March 2023 

Which lawmakers were most effective in last Congress? Nonpartisan center ranks them, Latest Local News Report, March 2023 

Wicker ranked among the most effective Republican U.S. Senators, Magnolia Tribune, March 2023 

Peters rated most effective senator in 2021-22 (also here and here), Michigan Capitol Confidential, March 2023 

Sherrill named most effective House member in N.J. by nonpartisan group, New Jersey Global, March 2023

A new report ranks how effective lawmakers were during the 117th Congress in advancing bills. Here’s the top 10 lawmakers in each party and chamber.., Politico, March 2023 

Playbook: Unpacking Alvin Bragg’s case against Trump, Politico, March 2023 

Dusty Johnson gets second nod as “most effective House Republican” on ag issues (also in Argus Leader), Rapid City Journal, March 2023 

Nonpartisan group ranks Neguse as one of nation’s top three most effective lawmakers, RealVail, March 2023

Latta ranked among most effective lawmakers in Congress (also in the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum), Sentinel-Tribune, March 2023

Water rights & where SD’s legislators fall in a national ranking, South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB), March 2023 

Congressional Roundup: Watchdog group rates effectiveness of SD delegation, South Dakota Searchlight, March 2023 

Texas senator deemed most effective Republican in Congress, Spectrum News NY 1, March 2023 

Wicker among the most effective Republican U.S. Senators, Spot On Mississippi, March 2023 

Crenshaw Notes TikTok’s ‘Long-Term’ Concerns, Texas Politics, March 2023

Senator Braun ranked the most effective first-term Republican Senator, The City-County Observer, March 2023 

Center For Effective Lawmaking Reveals Most Effective Lawmakers Of The 117th Congress, The Daily Caller, March 2023 

Which lawmakers were most effective in last Congress? Nonpartisan center ranks them (also in MSN and Yahoo), The Hill, March 2023 

Study: Braun among most effective senators, The Journal Gazette, March 2023 

Don Walton: Tears in the Legislature say it matters (also on KPVI), The Lincoln Journal Star, March 2023 

What makes an effective member of Congress? (also in CBS Austin, Fox 11, Fox 17, and Fox 25), The National Desk, March 2023 

Ramadan, effective lawmakers, broadband internet, Indiana IT, innovative farming, The Statehouse File (Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism), March 2023 

Group names Bilirakis Florida’s most effective lawmaker in Congress (also here), The Suncoast News, March 2023 

Why Ted Cruz’s next reelection path looks smoother with Beto O’Rourke behind him (also in KXXV), The Texas Tribune, March 2023

Braun named in top ten ranking for most effective Senate Republicans, Tristate Homepage, March 2023 


Sen. Mike Braun cuts path to slow Biden’s ‘noxious’ agenda, Washington Examiner, March 2023 

Who are the congressional slackers? Nonpartisan center ranks least effective members, Washington Examiner, March 2023 

Bernie Sanders, other ideological warriors stumble in ratings of lawmakers’ effectiveness, Washington Times, March 2023

Sen. Peters receives “most effective” award, WLKM Radio 95.9 FM, March 2023 

Senator Peters Named Most Effective Senator by Non-Partisan Group, WZMQ 19, March 2023 

No. 9 on the list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians: Gus Bilirakis, Florida Politics, March 2023

Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: Women in Congress Lead Committees That Control U.S. Spending; Celebrating Suffragists of Color, Ms. Magazine, February 2023

George Santos’ college education is a myth. Is he the only one lying? We checked, USA Today, January 2023

Investigations, Distrust, and Stigma: Why George Santos May Not Get Much Done in Congress, TIME, January 2023 (also featured in Yahoo! News)

Earth to Republicans: voters don’t care about your investigations, Fox News, December 2022

Carolyn Maloney looks back on 40 years of ‘fighting for equality’, Gay City News, December 2022

Brothers in arms, Deseret News, December 2022

Ahtna, Incorporated Endorses Mary Peltola for U.S. Congress and Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate, Alaska Native News, November 2022

Sen. Jerry Moran visits Greensburg, Kiowa County Signal, November 2022

Bennet, O’Dea spar on issues in final Colorado Senate debate, Associated Press, October 2022 (also featured in USA Today, MyNorthwest, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Political Candidates Speak Out: Backgrounds, Goals Explained, AllOTSEGO, October 2022

Higgins Rated One Of Most Effective Republican Lawmakers, Press Release from the Office of U.S. Congressman Clay Higgins, October 2022

Bell Ringer: The Greatest U.S. Senator, C-SPAN, October 2022

Joe Neguse: We’ve accomplished much for CD 2 in 2 years but work is far from finished, The Coloradoan, October 2022

Third Congressional District/Dean Phillips: I’ll continue defending abortion rights, families’ needs, Star Tribune, October 2022

U.S. Senator from Florida: A voter’s guide to the 2022 general election, Tallahassee Democrat, October 2022

Workhorses, not show horses: Five ways to promote effective lawmaking in Congress, The Conversation, August 2022

The New York Times’s Interview With Carolyn Maloney, The New York Times, August 2022

Research: Congressional town halls signal and support effective lawmaking, The Hill, August 2022

Experienced staff promote effective lawmakingThe Hill, June 2021

Congress’  most effective lawmakers aren’t generally its household names, USA Today, April 2021

Committee chairs continue their lawmaking declineThe Hill, March 2021

Focus on cabinet nominees’ effectiveness and expertise, not just ideology, The Hill, December 2020

Your Health is on the Ballot: Why You Should Vote for Science in the 2020 Presidential Election. Prevention and Yahoo!, October 2020

Members of Congress are specializing less often. That makes them less effective.,, September 2020

Members of Congress are specializing less often. That makes them less effective., The Washington Post, September 2020

Coronavirus policies spread quickly across the U.S. Are cities and states learning – or just copying?, The Washington Post, April 2020

Productive Politicians Fare Better in PrimariesWVTF, March 2020

Elizabeth Warren Says She’s ‘a Capitalist to Her Bones’ and Positions Herself as FDR’s Heir, Newsweek, January 2020

Rep. Lauren Underwood defying legislative expectations for a freshman, Courier, November 2019

Memo: Staff recruitment, retention, compensation and benefits; and chair term limits,, October 2019

Congress is back in town. Here’s why lawmakers will struggle to get much done., The Washington Post, September 2019

What Ohio’s Lawmakers Have Gotten Done This YearSpectrum News 1, September 2019

Outside or Insider? How Bernie Sanders Learned to Walk the LineThe New York Times, July 2019

Rankings: Most effective members of the 115th CongressFuturity, April 2019

Highlights from the new 115th Congress legislative effectiveness scores,, March 2019

How the record number of female lawmakers will – and won’t – change Congress,  The Washington Post, January 2019

Senators used to excel at lawmaking. Now, not so much. Here’s what needs to changeThe Washington Post, July 2017

How term limits for committee chairs make Congress less effective, The Washington Post, February 2017

Does Bipartisanship even work in today’s polarized Congress? YesThe Washington Post, February 2017

Women’s Issues Won’t Pass, US News & World Report, January 2017

Women Actually Do Govern Differently, The New York Times, December 2016

Wiseman discussing the Legislative Effectiveness Project at the University of Chicago, Radio Harris, June 2015

John Sides discussing the Legislative Effectiveness Project and female legislators in Congress, The Washington Post, April 2015

Shauna Shames discussing the Legislative Effectiveness Project and female candidate recruitment, The Washington Post, March 2015

Volden and Wiseman on the 5 habits of highly effective legislatorsThe Washington Post, February 2015

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) on being the most effective legislators in the Georgia delegation, Huffington Post, November 2014

Volden discussing the Legislative Effectiveness Project and the 2014 elections, WVTF, November 2014

On the accessibility of Legislative Effectiveness Scores, Nashville Business Journal, November 2014

Female effectiveness in Congress, The Washington Times, November 2014

Brief that describes the Legislative Effectiveness Project and highlights key findings, Scholars Strategy Network, November 2014

The Legislative Effectiveness Project and understanding the determinants of gridlock, CNN, June 2014

Volden on female legislators, NPR, June 2014

Danielle Thomsen on the Legislative Effectiveness Project and gridlock, The Washington Post, January 2014

Female legislators and effectiveness, LSE, October 2013

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