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Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Representative for Oregon’s 3rd District

pronounced erl // BLOO-muh-now-er

Blumenauer is the representative for Oregon’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since May 21, 1996. Blumenauer is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Blumenauer.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Blumenauer is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Blumenauer has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Aug 23, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Earl Blumenauer sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Blumenauer was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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Does 7 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Blumenauer sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (37%) Health (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (8%) Animals (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Blumenauer’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Blumenauer voted Nay

Passed 394/1 on Oct 31, 2017.

H.R. 2521 amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to include South Carolina as a part of the Virginia/Carolina peanut producing region ...

Blumenauer voted Nay

Passed 417/3 on Apr 27, 2017.

S. 496 repeals the Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform rule. On December 20, 2016, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit ...

Blumenauer voted No

Blumenauer voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Blumenauer voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Blumenauer voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Blumenauer voted Aye

Blumenauer voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From May 1996 to Jul 2019, Blumenauer missed 654 of 15,471 roll call votes, which is 4.2%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: