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Rep. Marsha Blackburn

Representative for Tennessee’s 7th District

Blackburn, a Republican, is the representative for Tennessee's 7th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 7, 2003. Blackburn is next up for reelection in 2018.

Photo of Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN7]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Blackburn.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Blackburn 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 Blackburn has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

The Club for Growth: 96% FreedomWorks: 95% Americans for Prosperity: 90% American Civil Liberties Union: 11% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 3% League of Conservation Voters: 2% Human Rights Campaign: 0% NIAC Action: F

Committee Membership

Marsha Blackburn sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Blackburn was the primary sponsor of 7 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

Blackburn sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (39%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Commerce (9%) Immigration (8%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Housing and Community Development (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Blackburn’s Vote Vote Description
Nay S. 1635: Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act, Fiscal Year 2016
Dec 5, 2016. Passed 374/16.
Nay S. 764: A bill to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes.
Jul 14, 2016. Passed 306/117.
This bill was the vehicle for passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which is the form it was enacted it. Prior to amendments, the bill regarded defunding Planned Parenthood and the National Sea Grant College Program. As enacted, the bill created national ...
Nay H.R. 2997: Private Investment in Housing Act of 2015
Jul 14, 2015. Passed 395/28.
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
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. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
No H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Aye H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Nov 2017, Blackburn missed 251 of 10,738 roll call votes, which is 2.3%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 19 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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