More than ever, we need leaders with the courage to pursue common ground and bold solutions to our nation's challenges. 

We are proud to introduce the U.S. Chamber’s inaugural Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award and Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship, recognizing members of Congress who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward.

 

WATCH: Governing with Distinction Ceremony

 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne Clark and Executive Vice President Neil Bradley announce the winners of these new awards.
 
Watch as they are joined by some of the top scoring members of Congress and engage in a discussion on Congressional leadership and bipartisanship. 

The Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award

 

Good public policy doesn’t just happen, it requires leaders committed to making it happen. In Congress, often the easiest part of the process is the vote on legislation. The work that occurs beforehand in refining proposals and building support is essential. 

The new Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award recognizes members of Congress who demonstrate the leadership needed to advance policies that support American business. 

Methodology: Since the start of the 116th Congress, the Chamber has urged members to cosponsor certain bills and refrain from cosponsoring others. This award is based on the number of times a member took the recommended actions. Members are ranked relative to the performance of all other members of their party, with the top ranked in both parties earning 100%. The 10 top scoring senators and 20 top scoring House representatives (apportioned by party) earn this award.

 

Senate Winners

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) - 100% 
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) - 100% 
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) - 100% 
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) - 98% 
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) - 96% 
Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) - 96% 
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) - 96% 
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) - 96% 
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) - 96% 
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - 91% 

 

 

House Winners

Rep. Donald Bacon (R-NE-2) - 100% 
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) - 100% 
Rep. Theodore Budd (R-NC-13) - 99% 
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-4) - 99% 
Rep. John R. Curtis (R-UT-3) - 99% 
Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) - 99% 
Rep. Henry Johnson (D-GA-4) - 99% 
Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) - 99% 
Rep. Suzanne Lee (D-NV-3) - 99% 
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA-2) - 99% 
Rep. Harley Rouda (D-CA-48) - 99% 
Rep. Ross Spano (R-FL-15) - 99% 
Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI-1) - 99% 
Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO-2) - 99% 
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2) - 99% 
Rep. Gilbert Ray Cisneros (D-CA-39) - 98% 
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX-7) - 98% 
Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA-10) - 98% 
Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA-7) - 97% 
Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) - 97% 
Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) - 97% 
Rep. TJ Cox (D-CA-21) - 97% 
Rep. Kendra S. Horn (D-OK-5) - 97% 
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL-7) - 97% 

The Jefferson–Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship

 

America’s elected leaders should be men and women of conviction and principle who are also able to find common ground with those with whom they disagree. Since the days of Jefferson and Hamilton, America has benefitted from leaders who found ways to work together despite their differences. 

The new Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship recognizes those members of Congress who in their actions have demonstrated a willingness to work across the aisle in support of common objectives. 

Methodology: This award is based on the number of bills (excluding those formally opposed by the Chamber) a member cosponsors introduced by a Member of the opposite party. Members are ranked relative to the performance of all other members of their party, with the top ranked in both parties earning 100%. The 10 top scoring senators and 20 top scoring House representatives (apportioned by party) earn this award.

 

 

Senate Winners

Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME) - 100% 
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) - 100% 
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) - 98% 
Sen. Lisa A. Murkowski (R-AK) - 98% 
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) - 96% 
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) - 96% 
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) - 94% 
Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) - 94% 
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) - 92% 
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) - 91% 

 

House Winners

Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1) - 100% 
Rep. Joshua Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) - 100% 
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) - 99% 
Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC-1) - 99% 
Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-MN-7) - 99% 
Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY-23) - 99% 
Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (R-NJ-2) - 99% 
Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY-2) - 98% 
Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT-4) - 98% 
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN-3) - 98% 
Rep. Don Young (R-AK-1) - 98% 
Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) - 97% 
Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY-19) - 97% 
Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24) - 97% 
Rep. Abigail Davis Spanberger (D-VA-7) - 97% 
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI-6) - 97% 
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-3) - 96% 
Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI-3) - 96% 
Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ-4) - 96% 
Rep. David P. Joyce (R-OH-14) - 95% 

 

These new awards are part of the U.S. Chamber's annual “How They Voted” scorecard program. The full scorecards for each member of Congress will be released in the coming weeks.

“Now more than ever, our nation needs elected leaders with the courage to pursue common ground and bold, bipartisan solutions to America’s greatest challenges.”

 
—Suzanne Clark, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce