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Bipartisanship: Our elected officials know how to cooperate

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and U.S. Rep. David McKinley, both R-W.Va., can be fiercely partisan when they believe it is necessary to defend the people of our region. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, too can toe the party line when it is what is necessary for his constituents. But they also know the value of working with lawmakers of the opposite party when that is best.

All three have been recognized for that ability to get along when it serves the people they were elected to represent.

Each year, the Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy rank lawmakers according to how well they work with members of opposite parties. It is an important measure, as we see how much damage is done when decisions are made based on the letter after the name of the person who has presented an idea.

This year, Portman was rated fourth-best for bipartisanship in the Senate. Capito was rated seventh. McKinley got the 10th best rating in the House of Representatives.

Good for them — and, more to the point, good for us, their constituents. We elected them to stand up for us, not their political parties. Clearly, Portman, McKinley and Capito understand that.

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