U.S. Sen. Todd Young

U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.

Our society is so accustomed to highlighting our elected leaders' missteps and dubious distinctions, we often forget to hail the shining examples.

It's why the recent high bipartisan rankings of some members of the Hoosier congressional delegation deserved a front-page headline Sunday.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., ranked second among the nation's 100 senators on the recently released 2016 Bipartisan Index.

Created by the Lugar Center and championed by namesake former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., the index measures the ability of congressional delegates to reach across party lines in cooperation for the greater good.

It rates bipartisanship based on how often a member of Congress co-sponsors legislation introduced by members of the opposite party and the frequency in which a member's proposals attract early supporters from the other side.

Donnelly consistently has placed either second or third in the index during the first four years of his six-year term.

His recent ranking of second is something for the Hoosier state to celebrate.

We also can be proud of the bipartisan acclaim our state's other senator, Todd Young, is attracting early in his senatorial career.

Young, who serves on the Republican side of the aisle, has been lauded by Democrat Donnelly for cooperating on important Hoosier issues, including securing federal funding for victims of the East Chicago lead crisis and helping Donnelly back a bill in support of police officers' mental health needs.

Young also has been a strong proponent of a plan spearheaded by U.S. House Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., to expand the Region's commuter rail service as a means of growing our economy.

It seems the Hoosier congressional delegation is helping turn a page in Washington, long associated with partisan gridlock.

We all should implore Indiana's congressional leaders to keep up the good work.


Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Assistant Local News Editor Crista Zivanovic and Regional News Editor Sharon Ross.