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Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s 2020 Report Card

Representative from Oregon's 3rd District
Democrat
Serving May 21, 1996 – Jan 3, 2023


These statistics cover Blumenauer’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Blumenauer’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 6th most bills compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 37 of Blumenauer’s 62 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Blumenauer caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (97th percentile); House Democrats (98th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked the 7th top leader compared to All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blumenauer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Got the 8th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Blumenauer’s bills and resolutions had 1,773 cosponsors in the 116th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (97th percentile); All Representatives (98th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 8th least often compared to All Representatives

Of the 937 bills that Blumenauer cosponsored, 4% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Democrats (3rd percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ranked 10th most politically left compared to All Representatives

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blumenauer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (2nd percentile); House Democrats (4th percentile); All Representatives (2nd percentile).


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 1 other)

Blumenauer introduced 62 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 10th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 7 others)

16 of Blumenauer’s bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 499: Condemning the Trump Administration’s systematic …; H.R. 92: Vote By Mail Act of …; H.R. 808: Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes …; H.R. 1776: Captive Primate Safety Act; H.R. 2062: Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety …; H.R. 2093: STATES Act; H.R. 2541: BUILD Act; H.R. 2754: Protecting American Votes and Elections …; H.R. 2796: Afghan Allies Protection Act of …; H.R. 2905: Medicare IVIG Access Enhancement Act; H.R. 3797: Medical Marijuana Research Act; H.R. 6202: Resilient Elections During Quarantines and …; H.R. 7197: RESTAURANTS Act of 2020; H.R. 7719: Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on …; H.R. 8254: BETTER Kidney Care Act; H.Con.Res. 52: Expressing the sense of Congress …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (92nd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 12th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 5 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 15 of Blumenauer’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 808: Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes …; H.R. 1118: Small Business Tax Equity Act …; H.R. 1120: Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act; H.R. 1961: KOMBUCHA; H.R. 2007: To require the Secretary of …; H.R. 2093: STATES Act; H.R. 2754: Protecting American Votes and Elections …; H.R. 3259: Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout …; H.R. 3546: State Cannabis Commerce Act; H.R. 5914: Tar Sands Tax Loophole Elimination …; H.R. 6202: Resilient Elections During Quarantines and …; H.R. 7719: Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on …; H.R. 8370: Small Business Disaster Relief Equity …; H.Con.Res. 52: Expressing the sense of Congress …; H.Con.Res. 69: Congratulating the Portland Trail Blazers …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (93rd percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Cosponsored the 15th most bills compared to All Representatives

Blumenauer cosponsored 937 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (95th percentile); House Democrats (94th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).


 

Was 41st most present in votes compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Blumenauer missed 1.2% of votes (11 of 954 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Blumenauer’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (22nd percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

The Speaker of the House, per current House rules, is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings” and is never recorded as missing a vote, and may not be included in the comparison with other representatives if not voting. The delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are not eligible to vote in most roll call votes and so may not appear here if not elligible for any vote during the time period of these statistics.


 

Laws Enacted

Blumenauer introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 91: Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty …; H.R. 2007: To require the Secretary of …

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (63rd percentile); House Democrats (57th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blumenauer introduced 5 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 91: Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty …; H.R. 1647: Veterans Equal Access Act; H.R. 2007: To require the Secretary of …; H.R. 3708: Primary Care Enhancement Act of …; H.R. 3797: Medical Marijuana Research Act

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); House Democrats (53rd percentile); All Representatives (71st percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Blumenauer held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Blumenauer’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (19th percentile); House Democrats (40th percentile); All Representatives (42nd percentile).


Additional Notes

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 116th Congress) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.