On the Job for Michigan
Gary’s top priority is solving problems and delivering results for Michigan. He believes the best way to achieve that is by working together in a bipartisan manner. From expanding access to apprenticeships for veterans to securing record funding for our Great Lakes, he’s focused on issues critical to Michiganders.
Gary has been recognized as one of the most bipartisan Senators. The non-partisan Lugar Center announced in May 2020 that Gary was the 12th-most bipartisan Senator—and 3rd-most bipartisan Democrat—for his work in 2019. This followed Gary last year being named the 4th-most bipartisan Democrat by the Lugar Center and the 4th-most effective Democratic senator in the 115th Senate (2017-2018) by the non-partisan Center for Effective Lawmaking. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Gary this year for his work across the aisle with the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship.
In the current 116th Congress, Gary has passed nine bills out of the Senate as of August 2020 – more than any Senator in the chamber. That’s despite Gary serving in the minority.
To effectively serve Michiganders, Gary works to cut red tape and help Michiganders with issues involving federal agencies – whether it is assisting veterans access VA benefits or small businesses navigate bureaucracy. In 2019, Gary launched “On the Job for Michigan,” a series highlighting the services his office offers to help constituents with federal issues.
Since he began serving in the Senate, Gary—an avid motorcycle rider— has held four annual motorcycle tours. Through these tours, Gary has traveled across Michigan to meet with Michiganders to hear what’s on their minds and discuss efforts important to Michigan families and workers, including efforts to close the skills gap and expand apprenticeships, support small businesses and veterans, preserve the Great Lakes as an economic engine and major source of drinking water and strengthen our national defense and border security.