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No. 6 on the list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians: Gus Bilirakis, Florida Politics, June 2024

Grassley Recognized Among Top Ten Most Bipartisan Senators of 117th Congress, Cherokee Chronicle Times, May 2024

As Democrats vie for US Senate nomination, Slotkin dominates field, Detroit Free Press, May 2024

Gus Bilirakis to host ‘America First’ campaign kickoff, Florida Politics, May 2024

Incumbent Democrats, rational Republicans deserve spots on general election ballot, Las Vegas Sun, May 2024

D.C. Download: How effective are Nevada’s members of Congress?, The Nevada Independent, May 2024

Grassley Recognized Among Top Ten Most Bipartisan Senators Of 117th Congress, Press Release from the Office of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, May 2024



BREAKING: Mike Braun wins Republican gubernatorial primary, Indiana Daily Student, May 2024


Term limits aren’t the answer, The Conversation, May 2024 (also in Akron Legal News and FlaglerLive).

A House vote that breaks the narrative, The Christian Science Monitor, April 2024

Why Congress is becoming less productive, Reuters, March 2024

Congress in action, or inaction? This Congress among the least productive, Cronkite News, February 2024 (also in the Tucson Sentinel and Indianz.Com)

Byron Donalds endorses fellow Florida Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis for reelection, Florida’s Voice, February 2024

Byron Donalds backs Gus Bilirakis for re-election to CD 12, Florida Politics, February 2024

Former Virginia lawmakers David Toscano, Bill Howell talk partisanship and pizza at UVa, The Daily Progress, February 2024 (featured as the lead story of the print edition)

Bill Howell and David Toscano speak on Virginia politics at Batten event, The Cavalier Daily, February 2024

Political leaders pass wisdom to University of Virginia students, 29News, February 2024

Border bill failure shows how Congress may get even less done in 2024, The Washington Post, February 2024 (also in The Early 202)

What Is Legislative Effectiveness? (with Craig Volden), Understanding Congress (AEI podcast), February 2024

AOC: The Donald Trump of the Democratic Party?, The National Interest, February 2024

Read Senator Braun’s 2023 solutions update, WTCA, January 2024

Wanted: Endangered Competent Congressional Act of 2024, Times-Republican, January 2024 (also in The Fulcrum).

Republican Dan Frei announces primary challenge against Bacon, The Hill, January 2024

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan Endorses Florida Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Tampa Free Press, January 2024

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan endorses Gus Bilirakis for Florida reelection, Florida’s Voice, January 2024

Jim Jordan adds his name to growing list of conservatives backing Gus Bilirakis for re-election, Florida Politics, January 2024

Chris Scherer is Gus Bilirakis’ pick for Pinellas County Commission, Florida Politics, January 2024

Utah contest to replace Romney in U.S. Senate gains more GOP candidates, Nebraska Examiner, January 2024

Cong. McCAUL: Happy New Year & 2023 Recap [Op-ed by U.S. Representative Michael McCaul], Texas Insider, January 2024 (also in TexasGOPVote)

2023 was the least productive year for Congress in decades, Scripps News, December 2023 (also in WPTV)

Dozens of lawmakers leaving Congress after chaotic year, Spectrum News NY 1, December 2023

This is the least productive Congress in 50 years [On The Hill subheading], The Washington Post, December 2023

Matt Gaetz and what we know about why his congressional colleagues seem to detest him, Pensacola News Journal, December 2023

Jerry Carl and Barry Moore to hold debate in January, Yellowhammer News, December 2023

Carl, Moore set to debate in AL-1, Alabama Daily News, December 2023

Barry Moore ‘looking forward’ to upcoming debate with congressional opponent Jerry Carl, 1819 News, December 2023.

Need for Speed, Brown Political Review, December 2, 2023

Marco Rubio Third Most Effective Senator in Washington, The Floridian, November 2023 (also in Spot On Florida)

Webster, Gaetz ranked Florida’s least effective Congressional lawmakers in 2023 list, The Florida Times-Union, November 2023

No One Wants to Be in Congress Anymore, The New Republic, November 2023

Sen. Marco Rubio Ranked By CEL As Florida’s Most Effective Congressional Lawmaker, Tampa Free Press, November 2023

ICYMI: RUBIO RANKED FLORIDA’S MOST EFFECTIVE LAWMAKERPress Release from the Office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, November 2023

Lawmakers bracing for many congressional retirements, even from younger members, The Washington Post, November 2023

Marco Rubio ranked Florida’s most effective Congressional lawmaker in list. Here are the top 5, Tallahassee Democrat, November 2023

The lawmakers who’ve never passed a bill, and the ones who’ve done it plenty, Spectrum News – Bay News 9, November 2023

Moore will seek election in state’s new District 1, The Andalusia Star News, November 2023

Donald Trump to headline fundraiser for Gus Bilirakis, Florida Politics, November 2023

Barry Moore to challenge Jerry Carl for District 1 seat: ‘I am a true conservative, and the system doesn’t like a true conservative’, 1819 News, October 2023

Letter: What were you thinking there, Congressman?, Yakima Herald-Republic, October 2023

House Republicans Are Still a Mess But at Least Jordan Won’t Be Speaker, The Washington Post, October 2023

GOP finally grows a spine as it rejects Jim Jordan for House speaker, The New York Post, October 2023

Jim Jordan failed in his second attempt to become speaker of the House of Representatives, National World News, October 2023

Congress needs an effective leader and bridge builder, not Jim Jordan, Las Vegas Sun, October 2023

Jim Jordan: The Perfect Speaker for a Policy-Free GOP, Reason, October 2023

Claims Rep. Jim Jordan has never passed a law need context, VERIFY, October 2023

Jim Jordan is the statesman we need at this moment as Speaker, The Hill, October 2023

Jim Jordan’s remarkably thin legislative track record, The Washington Post, October 2023

Jim Jordan Is the Nihilist That House Republicans Deserve, The New Republic, October 2023

‘Hasn’t passed a single bill’: Jim Jordan shamed for record in Congress, Raw Story, October 2023

Jim Jordan’s Legislative Record Scrutinized as GOP Backs Him for Speaker, Newsweek, October 2023

Jim Jordan, longtime critic of top US House Republicans, grasps at gavel, Reuters, October 2023

Tester Turns Multiple New Bipartisan Bills into Law, Continues to Rack Up Wins for Montana, Press Release from the Office of U.S. Senator Jon Tester, October 2023

Outrage TV: critics condemn Gaetz and co for performance over politics, The Guardian, October 2023

Why McCarthy’s ties to K Street helped bring him down [On The Hill subheading], The Washington Post, October 2023

Speaker race preview: ‘Legislative terrorist’ Jordan vs. ‘David Duke without the baggage’ Scalise, Daily Kos, October 2023

Sherrill ranked as ‘Most Bipartisan New Jersey Elected Official’, New Jersey Hills Media Group, October 2023

Sherrill Ranked as Most Bipartisan New Jersey Elected Official, Most Effective U.S. RepresentativePress Release from the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, October 2023

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

Party of one: The short- and long-term repercussions of uncontested elections, C-ville Weekly, September 2023

A Fort Worth congressman held a town hall meeting. Do public forums lead to better legislation?, Fort Worth Report, September 2023

How effective are Greater Cincinnati’s lawmakers?, Cincinnati Enquirer, September 2023 (also in Farmers’ Advance)

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

The Remaking of A.O.C., Puck, March 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 Named Florida’s Most Effective Member of Congress, The Floridian, March 2023

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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