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Bipartisan and Leadership Awards

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

Bipartisan and Leadership Awards

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award and the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship. Each award recognizes members of Congress who demonstrate bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward.

We need leaders with courage to pursue common ground and bold solutions

We are proud to present the U.S. Chamber’s annual 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.

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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 Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award recognizes Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle based on their cosponsorship of legislation important to the business community during this pivotal moment for our country.

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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%. This prestigious recognition is presented to the top Senators and Representatives from both parties.

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. 

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Methodology: This award is based on the number of bills --except 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%. This prestigious recognition is presented to the top Senators and Representatives from both parties.

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Suzanne Clark
These awards honor the deserving members of Congress who demonstrated the leadership critical to advancing policies that support America’s free enterprise system and a commitment to forging bipartisan solutions that move our economy forward.— U.S. Chamber President and CEO Suzanne Clark

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