Fargo Republican Named the 4th Most Productive Lawmaker in America


TOM STROMME/Tribune Sen. Judy Lee (R-West Fargo) speaks of the benefits of good dental access and in support of HB 1256, a bill dealing with the issue at a press conference in Memorial Hall of the state capitol in Bismarck on Wednesday afternoon. Bill supporters in back from left are Jenna Herman, Christy Jo Fogarty, of the Minnesota Childrens Dental Services, Renee Stromme, Rep. Christopher Olson (R-West Fargo), Dianne Billey, Connie Kalanek and Michael Hamilton.

Fargo Republican state Senator Judy Lee is ranked #4 in the nation when it comes to productive state lawmakers. That’s according to the folks at FiscalNote which arrived at the ranking by looking at the number of bills each lawmaker introduced and the percentage of those bills which passed and running the numbers through an algorithm.

“FiscalNote ranks all representatives and senators in accordance with their legislative productivity, defined as how successful a legislator is at sponsoring and steering legislation through each stage of the legislative process,” they write. “Our proprietary algorithm considers the quantity, endurance, and substantiveness of all bills each legislator sponsors and introduces in their state legislature.”

Here’s the summary for Senator Lee:

Lee is the only stat from our region to make the list. No Senator from Minnesota or South Dakota made the top 10 list, though there was a state Representative from Montana in the top 10.

I’m not surprised Lee is on this list. She tends to work in a very substantive policy area where the bills introduced – mostly things like health care – where the bills tend to pass though sometimes with heavy amendment.