Blackburn is the senior 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.
She was previously the representative for Tennessee’s 7th congressional district as a Republican from 2003 to 2018.
Read our 2020 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 3, 2017 to Jul 22, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
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Marsha Blackburn sits on the following committees:
Blackburn was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3820 (116th): Open Technology Fund Authorization Act
- S. 2017 (116th): Federal Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act of 2019
- S. 1235 (116th): 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.
Does 12 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:
Some of Blackburn’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2450: A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a rural ...
- S. 2270: Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act of 2021
- S. 2006: Stop COVID Act of 2021
- S.Res. 264: A resolution recognizing the importance of protecting freedom of speech, thought, and expression.
- S. 1637: Hizballah Money Laundering Prevention Act of 2021
- S. 1651: Hizballah in Latin America Accountability Act of 2021
- S. 1580: Make the Migrant Protection Protocols Mandatory Act of 2021
From Jan 2019 to Jul 2021, Blackburn missed 29 of 996 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is worse than the median of 1.6% 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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