U.S. Chamber of Commerce Issues 2021 Governing with Distinction Awards

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 4:30pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chamber Commends Congressional Leaders Committed to Creating American Jobs and Fueling Economic Growth

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark and Chamber Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley today unveiled the recipients of the governing with distinction awards for the 116th Congress, recognizing members of Congress who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our economy forward.

“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,” said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Suzanne Clark. “For 109 years the Chamber’s mission has been to create American jobs, stimulate economic growth, and lead the business community’s response to solving the nation’s most important challenges. These awards recognize those legislators whose actions have helped us advance that mission.”

These awards are based on bills a member of Congress co-sponsors or does not co-sponsor, and not a member’s voting record.

The Jefferson–Hamilton for Bipartisanship Award

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 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. 

This award is earned by the top scoring senators and top scoring members of Congress, apportioned by party, and 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. The bipartisanship component is calculated on a ranking relative to a member’s performance compared to members of their own party. The top-ranked of both parties earn 100%.

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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 those members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who in their actions have demonstrated the leadership critical to advancing policies that support America’s free enterprise system. 

This award is earned by the top scoring senators and top scoring members of Congress, apportioned by party. Since the start of the 116th Congress, the Chamber has urged members to either cosponsor — or refrain from cosponsoring — specific bills important to advancing and maintaining the free enterprise system. The leadership component measures the members alignment with the Chamber on these proposals. Members are ranked relative to the performance of all other members of their party. The top ranked of both parties earn 100%.

 Click here for the full list of recipients