By Ronald J. Hansen | The Republic
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally impressed more than just her constituents in her first term in Congress.
The Arizona Republican ranked as the ninth-most-effective GOP lawmaker in the House of Representatives between 2015 and 2016, according to a ranking based on how their bills fared.
The ranking is part of the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint data-crunching effort by professors from the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. Their system considers how far in the legislative process bills get, and factors in whether the bills are largely ceremonial, substantive or game-changers, among other things. The resulting scores are compared against others in the lawmakers’ party.