Blackburn is the junior senator from Tennessee and is a Republican. She has served since Jan 3, 2019. Blackburn is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025 unless re-elected.
She was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 7th congressional district as a Republican from 2003 to 2018.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Blackburn.
Blackburn is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Blackburn has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 29, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Marsha Blackburn sits on the following committees:
Blackburn was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1235: Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
- H.R. 5799 (115th): Medicaid Drug Review, Utilization, Good Governance Improvement Act
- H.R. 375 (115th): To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee, as the “Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States ...
- H.J.Res. 86 (115th): Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy ...
- H.R. 2435 (114th): To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with regard to the Reagan-Udall Foundation.
- H.R. 5729 (113th): Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act
- H.R. 1817 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 116 North West Street in Somerville, Tennessee, as the “John S. Wilder Post Office Building”.
Does 10 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).
Blackburn sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (40%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Immigration (10%) Commerce (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (9%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) International Affairs (7%) Education (5%)
Some of Blackburn’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4577: A bill to require online enrollment for the PreCheck Program of the Transportation ...
- S. 4525: A bill to ensure that health care providers do not incur additional Federal ...
- S. 4429: K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Accountability Act of 2020
- S. 4343: Triple A Study Act
- S. 4161: Ban Birth Tourism Act of 2020
- S. 3820: Open Technology Fund Authorization Act
- S. 3592: Stop COVID Act of 2020
From Jan 2019 to Sep 2020, Blackburn missed 9 of 624 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators 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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