Ideas. Action. Results.

BPC established the Legislative Action Award to acknowledge creative and courageous members who are breathing life into the legislative process. The award is given to new members who demonstrate the skill, grace, and tenacity to get things done for their constituents and the nation.

The Legislative Action Award is focused on members who have:

  • Served six years or less in their current chamber.
  • Demonstrated skill and courage in the face of political challenges to confront substantive problems.
  • Provided a positive tenor to the legislative process.
  • Offered a template for improving the functionality of the institution through their example.

The Award Selection Committee is comprised of senior BPC leadership, board members, the co-chairs of BPC’s Commission on Political Reform, and representatives from businesses and non-profits.

The 2018 recipients are Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA).

The 2018 Legislative Action Award recipients embody the spirit of productive partisanship. Through action and achievement, these leaders prove that it is not necessary to compromise principle to achieve bipartisan progress.

– BPC President Jason Grumet 


The Legislative Action Award recipients are each highly productive leaders with proven ability to work across the aisle and to develop and enact significant legislation.  

Putting partisan politics aside and focusing on enacting actual policy solutions for my constituents is one of my top priorities in the Senate. I appreciate the Bipartisan Policy Center recognizing my commitment to working across the aisle every day with people like my Democratic colleague from Colorado Michael Bennet, and hope that in the coming year there are more legislative achievements we can point to that prove the best way to get meaningful things done is through bipartisanship.” – Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)

“In today’s Congress, governing through common sense and compromise has too often become an afterthought to partisan politics. There are many of us on Capitol Hill who have tried to be good partners and colleagues—working to bring people together to move our country forward—and call me an optimist, but I think it may be spreading. This award is a true honor, and I thank the Bipartisan Policy Center for their recognition.” – Sen. Angus King (I-ME)

“One of the reasons I ran for Congress was to work to restore confidence in the People’s House and those who work in it. In order to accomplish that goal, legislators on both sides of the aisle must come together so we can build upon our shared goals to help and support the American people. It is an absolute honor to be recognized by the Bipartisan Policy Center for my commitment to working in a bipartisan manner, and I look forward to continuing fostering bipartisan conversations, negotiations and most importantly solutions to our nation’s problems in Congress.” – Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)

“My life mission is to serve others. As an emergency physician, I am devoted to my patients and now as a congressman, I put people above partisanship and solutions over ideology. Since my first day in Congress, I have made it a top priority to work with anyone who has a good idea, Republican or Democrat, to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing my constituents and our nation. I am truly humbled that this problem-solving approach has been recognized by the Bipartisan Policy Center and I look forward to continuing to serve my patients and my constituents through thoughtful, bipartisan solutions.” – Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA)