Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Identified as Top Most Effective Member of Congress in Academic Study

September 27, 2017
Press Release
UVA and Vanderbilt Joint Research Study Lists Rep. McSally as 9th Member of 114th Congress Most Effective at Getting Things Done

WASHINGTON, DC–U.S. Representative Martha McSally is one of the top 10 most effective members of Congress, according to a study released today by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. The Center today released its ranking of the most effective members of the 114th Congress based on the findings of a data-driven process developed by UVA and Vanderbilt professors to measure who is actually getting things done in Congress.

“It is an honor to be listed as one of the most effective Members of Congress,” said Rep. McSally. “My goal as I am deployed to Washington DC is to solve problems for my constituents by putting forth common sense solutions that impact Southern Arizona and reflect the concerns and priorities of my constituents. I am humbled to be recognized in this academic study.”

The Center for Effective Lawmaking is co-directed by Craig Volden, professor of public policy and politics and associate dean for academic affairs at Batten, and Alan Wiseman, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt. Together they have developed a metric of effectiveness to evaluate members of Congress based on the bills they sponsor, how far the bills progress through the lawmaking process, and the significance of the legislation.

“Representative McSally hit the ground running in her first term in Congress.  In the 114th Congress, she introduced 20 substantive bills, nine of which passed the House. Two of those, including the Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015, became law.  On the whole, she was one of the top ten most effective lawmakers in Congress, a very rare feat for a member in her first term.  Such active lawmaking and successful results do not appear to be a fluke.  In the current 115th Congress, McSally has sponsored 21 pieces of legislation so far, seven of which have passed the House.  In recent Congresses, only about 10% of all bills introduced pass the House and only 3-4% become law.  At the Center for Effective Lawmaking, we are keeping an eye on Rep. McSally as a model for how to get things done in Congress,” said Center for Effective Lawmaking’s Co-Director, Craig Volden who is a  professor of public policy and politics and the associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

This data-driven approach, known as the Legislative Effectiveness Score (LES) has been used to systematically track every bill introduced in Congress since 1974—more than 150,000 bills. Click HERE to view the scores of each Arizona lawmaker.