McKinley Ranked Highly for Effectiveness In New Report

Center for Effective Lawmaking Places McKinley In Top 20%

WASHINGTON D.C. – Recently, the Center for Effective Lawmaking released its rankings of Members of Congress for effectiveness. U.S. Representative David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) was ranked 34 of 205 Republicans, earning him a spot in the top 20% for the 116th Congress (2019-2020).

The Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL) is a joint partnership between the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.

“Despite serving in the minority for the past two years, we have still been able to get things done for the people of the First District,” said McKinley. “Whether it’s protecting pensions and health care for our retired miners or working to lower the cost of prescription drugs, we have worked across party lines to deliver for West Virginia.”

McKinley has improved his effectiveness rating moving up to 34th in the 116th Congress, after being ranked 70th in the two-years prior.  


Click here to access the Center for Effective Lawmaking’s scores.


During the 116th Congress, McKinley scored a number of legislative victories including: 


  • A permanent fix for the pension and health care benefits of retired miners. McKinley led the fight in the House on this issue since 2013. His Miners Pension Protection Act (H.R. 935) was signed into law at the end of 2019 as part of the year-end spending package.
  • The 2019 year-end spending bill also included the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act (H.R. 965), which will reduce drug costs by encouraging generic competition.
  • The USE IT Act (H.R. 1166), which was signed into law as part of the 2020 year-end package. The USE IT Act supports the development and demonstration of vital carbon capture and removal technologies by streamlining permitting of CO2 pipelines. McKinley is the lead Republican on the bill with Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA).
  • Also included in the 2020 year-end bill was H.R. 2659, which requires the Office of Fossil Energy to carry out a research, development, and technology demonstration program to improve the energy efficiency of gas turbines used in electric power generation systems. McKinley has worked with Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) on this bill since 2012.
  • The RIVER Act (H.R. 3361) reauthorizes two Department of Energy (DOE) programs that encourages utilizing existing dams for power generation. The RIVER Act passed the House in December 2020 and was included in the year-end energy package as well
  • Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area Act of 2019 (H.R. 1147) which placed Barbour, Braxton, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster Counties, as well as Allegany County, Maryland and Garrett County, Maryland into a national heritage area.


Last year the Lugar Center, a non-partisan policy organization, named Representative McKinley the 10th most bipartisan Member of the House of Representatives for 2019. The Lugar Center produces a yearly bipartisan ranking for how each member works across party lines to achieve results.

For the 115th Congress, McKinley ranked 11th out of 435 Members of the House of Representatives, demonstrating his commitment to working across party lines to achieve results. McKinley had previously ranked 22nd for the 114th Congress.

Click here to see the full list of the Lugar Center’s 2019 rankings.



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