The non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking has named Alaska Congressman Don Young the most effective member of Congress for the 115th Congress.
“Legislative effectiveness” is defined by the group as a “proven ability to advance a member’s agenda items through the legislative process and into law.”
In the 115th Congress, Congressman Don Young authored six bills and numerous provisions in larger legislative packages – such as opening ANWR for energy development – that were ultimately signed into law by the president.
Congressman Young’s legislative achievements are even more impressive given that he did not hold a leadership position of committee Chairmanship during the 115th Congress.
The Center for Effective Lawmaking notes that “relative to the average of 17 bills introduced by House lawmakers, Young put forth 62 pieces of legislation, 19 of which received some action in committee and 14 of which reached the floor.”
His continued legislative success is a testament to his ability to build coalitions, work across party lines, and dogged determination to see Alaska’s priorities to the finish line.
Co-Director of the Center for Effective Lawmaking Alan Wiseman, said,“In Congress after Congress, Congressman Young has emerged to become among one of the most successful members of the U.S. House of Representatives in his efforts to advance his legislative agenda, and the 115th Congress was no exception; as his record of legislative successes contributed to him being the most effective lawmaker in the House.”
Congressman Young has previously been recognized for his effectiveness in Congress. In 2017, FiscalNote named him the most effective Member of Congress. Additionally, the Lugar Center determined Congressman Young to be in the top 10 percent for bipartisanship in Congress.
For more information on the bills Congressman Young has introduced in the 116th Congress, click here.
To read the Center for Effective Lawmaking’s full report on the most effective Members of Congress, click here.
The list of the top 10 Congress members for effectiveness:
|1. Don Young (AK-AL)||5.935||No committee chair|
|2. Edward Royce (CA-39)||5.414||Committee chair|
|3. Michael McCaul (TX-10)||5.136||Committee chair|
|4. John Katko (NY-24)||4.897||Subcommittee chair|
|5. Steve Knight (CA-25)||4.657||Subcommittee chair|
|6. Bob Goodlatte (VA-6)||4.238||Committee chair|
|7. Greg Walden (OR-2)||4.166||Committee chair|
|8. Scott Tipton (CO-3)||3.988||No committee chair|
|9. Steve Chabot (OH-1)||3.735||Committee chair|
|10. Barbara Comstock (VA-10)||3.706||Subcommittee chair|