Group ranks Rosen among most bipartisan freshmen, Lee among most ‘active’

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Rep. Susie Lee and Sen. Jacky Rosen campaigning together in Las Vegas last year. (Nevada Current file photo).
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Rep. Susie Lee and Sen. Jacky Rosen campaigning together in Las Vegas last year. (Nevada Current file photo).

U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen and U.S. Rep. Susie Lee are among the most “active” freshmen in the 116th Congress, according to report compiled by Quorum Analytics, a public affairs software and marketing firm.

And Rosen is among the most bipartisan of Senate freshmen, at least in terms of the number of bills sponsored jointly with Republicans, according to Quorum.

The report collected data from Jan. 1 until July 31, ahead of the August recess, and looked at bipartisan collaboration, the number of bills sponsored and cosponsored,  and social media activity.

Rosen was named one of the most bipartisan freshmen in the Senate with 34 percent of her bills cosponsored with Republicans. Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema had the most with 58 percent of her bills cosponsored with Republicans.

The report didn’t specify what type of legislation Rosen collaborated on with Republicans. In a statement, Rosen said she has prioritized working across the aisle “to look past partisanship, and to help pass common-sense legislation so we can help hard-working families in Nevada and across our country.”

Democrats have referred to the Senate as a legislative graveyard. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has jokingly called himself the “Grim Reaper,” has buried legislation ranging from a bill to expand background checks to a bill creating a path to citizenship for DREAMers.

According to Quorum, the House has introduced 4,200 bills this year and passed 254 — the 115th Congress passed 300 bills in its entire duration.

With 12 bills, Lee was listed among freshmen to sponsor the most legislation. (Lee was also named one of the most active freshmen on Twitter, sending out 1,120 tweets since the beginning of the year.)

She was also one of the six freshmen to actually have legislation passed by the Senate. President Trump recently signed her bill renaming a post office on South Boulder Highway the Henderson Veterans Memorial Post Office Building.

Of the 2,463 bills introduced in the senate in 2019, only 84 have passed. Rosen sponsored nine of those bills, which was among the most introduced by a freshmen.

Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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