In the U.S. Senate, Gary has consistently found commonsense solutions to the problems facing the state of Michigan. He is proud to work with members of both political parties, and has championed legislation that has been signed into law under both Democratic and Republican presidents.
Whether it’s safeguarding the Great Lakes for future generations, supporting our veterans, lowering health care costs, securing our Northern and Southern borders, or expanding economic opportunity for the middle class, Gary has gotten results on issues that matter to Michiganders.
That’s why he’s been recognized as one of the most bipartisan and effective lawmakers in the Senate. According to the non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking, Gary was the #1 most effective Senator in both the 116th and 117th Congress. He received the first of these distinctions in 2020 while serving as a member of the minority party – an accomplishment that had not been achieved since the Center began tracking data more than 50 years ago.
In the 117th Congress, he passed 19 standalone bills into law, the most in a single Congress in over four decades. That includes legislation that will strengthen cybersecurity, address PFAS contamination, improve federal disaster response, bolster national security, make the federal government more efficient, and protect access to federal resources for Michigan communities. During that timeframe, Gary also served as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees the Department of Homeland Security and is the Senate’s top oversight committee.
The Lugar Center has ranked Gary as one of the most bipartisan lawmakers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2020 recognized Gary for his work across the aisle with the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship.
Gary was re-elected to serve a second term in the Senate in 2020 and is continuing to deliver for Michiganders.