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Rep. James Blanchard

Former Representative for Michigan’s 18th District

Blanchard was the representative for Michigan’s 18th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1982.

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Blanchard is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982 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 Blanchard sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Blanchard was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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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

Blanchard sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (30%) Economics and Public Finance (29%) Social Welfare (11%) International Affairs (9%) Taxation (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%) Energy (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Dec 1982, Blanchard missed 427 of 4,901 roll call votes, which is 8.7%. This is on par with the median of 7.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1982. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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