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Report: Rep. Curtis named one of most effective members of Congress

Mar 23, 2023, 9:30 PM

Utah Rep. John Curtis has been named as one of the most effective members of Congress. Curtis has proposed legislation that prevent members of Congress from being paid if there is a government shutdown. (File photo of Rep. John Curtis, Rick Bowmer / AP)

(File photo of Rep. John Curtis, Rick Bowmer / AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — When it comes to getting things done in Washington, D.C., Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) is considered to be one of the most effective members of Congress. That’s according to a new report recently released.

The report lists the top 10 Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate. Rep. Curtis was ninth among Republican congressmen. Additionally, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was eighth among Republican senators. 

Rep. Curtis joined Dave & Dujanovic with hosts Dave Noriega and Debbie Dujanovic on Thursday to discuss this recognition.

Dujanovic asked, “What did you do that has you labeled as one of the most effective members of Congress?”

“So you know what, there’s two principles here that I think are just very important,” Rep. Curtis said. “One is, I think we’re really good listeners. Almost every one of those pieces of legislation came about as a constituent showed us a problem and wanted help solving that problem.”

Rep. Curtis says the second principle is the team that he has in place.

“I’ve just got this incredible team,” he said. “A team that loves to legislate that measures success on effectiveness.”

Effective members of Congress and working with others

Rep. Curtis also credits his success to his ability to work across the aisle in a divided government.

“If you can’t figure out how to work across the aisle and find good people that will support you,” he said. “You’re not going to get anything done here.”

Rep. Curtis says his gold medal piece of legislation is the Emery County Public Lands Act. It was a piece of legislation that he was able to get passed early in his time as a congressman. 

“It’s one of the largest public lands bills in the state’s history,” he said. “And one of the most difficult pieces of legislation that I have worked on.”

Noriega asked, “What are some lessons that I think lawmakers could learn about being an effective congressmember?”

“It’s kind of deciding what you want to do when you come here,” Rep. Curtis said. “There is a million paths that you can go. And it’s impossible to take all of them. So, you have to focus.”

The list was compiled through research conducted by the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. 

 

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