Analysis: Chris Pappas among most independent Democrats in Congress

Analysis: Chris Pappas among most independent Democrats in Congress

A new analysis identified Congressman Chris Pappas as one of the most independent members of the Democratic Party in the 118th Congress. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

By Colin Booth

February 21, 2024

New Hampshire Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) has been identified as one of the most independent members of the Democratic Party in the 118th Congress, according to a new report from CQ Roll Call’s annual Vote Studies analysis 

The analysis reveals that Pappas is the eighth most likely Democrat to vote against party lines, demonstrating a higher tendency for bipartisan voting behavior than 97% of his Democratic colleagues.

Pappas attributed his voting record to a belief in bipartisan collaboration, stating, “No political party has a monopoly on good ideas.”He also emphasized the importance of working across the aisle to achieve results for the people of New Hampshire.

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“In a deeply divided Washington, the only way to get things done and deliver results for Granite Staters has been to put aside politics, bring people together, and work across the aisle,” Pappas said in a statement “That’s what I’ve done, and that’s what I’ll continue to do. I’m proud to be among the most bipartisan, independent members of Congress and to have been named one of the most effective legislators in Congress who can bring people together to get bipartisan bills passed and signed by Presidents of both parties. I will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to provide solutions for our families, veterans, and small businesses.” 

Pappas is a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus and has also been recognized for being an effective lawmaker. The Center for Effective Lawmaking rated him as the 12th most effective House Democrat and the 14th most effective member in the 435-member body, based on his ability to advance legislation through Congress.

Pappas’s bipartisan efforts include legislation focused on public health, veterans’ benefits, and consumer protection for veterans—including his bill to expand VA emergency care that passed unanimously in the House last year.


  • Colin Booth

    Based in Epsom, Colin Booth is Granite Post's political correspondent. A Granite State native and veteran political professional with a deep background in journalism, he's worked on campaigns and programs in battleground states across the country, ranging from New Hampshire, Texas, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

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