In the U.S. Senate, Gary has worked consistently with members of both political parties to find commonsense, bipartisan solutions for Michigan. He has championed legislation that’s been signed into law under both Democratic and Republican presidents.
Whether it’s protecting Michigan’s environment and the Great Lakes for future generations – securing both our Southern and Northern borders – ensuring our nation’s heroes have the support they need to overcome the invisible wounds of war – or expanding apprenticeships and skills trainings to fill good-paying jobs – Gary has gotten results on issues important 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 the 116th Congress (2019-2020) despite serving as a member of the minority party – an accomplishment that had not been achieved since the Center began tracking data over 50 years ago. In their assessment, the Center for Effective Lawmaking noted that Gary was especially effective in building coalitions to that pass legislation into law on a wide array of issues. He passed 14 bills through the Senate and enacted 10 bills into law—the most of any senator in either party.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2020 recognized Gary for his work across the aisle with the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship.
In the 116th Congress, he was the principal sponsor and author of more standalone bills signed into law than any Democratic or Republican member serving in either the Senate or House. Some of his bills signed into law include: increasing protections for the Great Lakes and securing historic funding for restoration efforts, increasing our nation’s security at our borders, addressing rising water levels and shoreline erosion in Great Lakes communities, expanding apprenticeships for veterans, improving the VA Caregivers Program and saving taxpayer dollars.