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Rep. James Blanchard

Former Representative from Michigan’s 18th District, Democrat

Blanchard, a Democrat, was the representative for Michigan's 18th congressional district from 1975 to 1982.


Our unique analysis of the bills Blanchard sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 1982. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Blanchard is shown as a purple triangle. (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 about one third or more 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%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%) Immigration (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: