FILE - Sen. Cory Gardner

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. 

A new report based on legislative data ranks U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., as the most bipartisan lawmaker in the U.S. Senate.

GovTrack released a report this week documenting the effectiveness and the degree of bipartisanship among members of Congress during the 2019 legislative year.

Based on legislative data, Gardner, a Republican running for reelection in Colorado, ranks first for authoring the most number of bipartisan bills among the Senate GOP Caucus, and second overall in the same category when compared to every member of the Senate. 

“I’m proud of my bipartisan record of results for Colorado,” Gardner said in the same statement Wednesday. “Great things are possible when we set aside partisan blinders and instead focus on the results that Coloradans care about. I will continue to work across the aisle for the good of our entire state, because it’s what the people of Colorado want and should demand from their leaders in Washington.”

The report also found that the senator introduced the 11th most bills authored by any member of both parties, and he also served as the ninth most effective member when it came to moving bills out of the committee phases.

Quorum Analytics also named Gardner one of the most bipartisan senators in the 2019 legislative year and the 116th congressional session. The Luger Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University additionally named Gardner the fifth most bipartisan member of the Congress, and he topped the entire Colorado delegation (Republicans and Democrats) for introducing various bipartisan measures which took place during the 115th Congress.

"Coloradans expect their legislators to work across party lines on behalf of the state and that is exactly what I have done throughout my time in the Senate,” Gardner said in a press release about the Luger Center rankings. 

Gardner's colleague, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., ranks 51st on GovTrack's list for bipartisan bill introduction. Bennet, who ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nominee earlier this month, cosponsored a total of 15 bills along with Republicans in the 2019 legislative year.

– The Center Square