Blumenthal, a Democrat, is the senior senator from Connecticut and has served since Jan 5, 2011. Blumenthal is next up for reelection in 2022.
Read our 2017 Report Card for Blumenthal.
Blumenthal is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate 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 Blumenthal has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Richard Blumenthal sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on the Constitution
- Member, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
- Member, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration
- Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Senate Special Committee on Aging
- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Blumenthal was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- S. 712: Department of Veterans Affairs Appeals Modernization Act of 2017
- S. 1885 (114th): Veteran Housing Stability Act of 2015
- S. 2807 (113th): Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013
- S. 1174 (113th): A bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers.
- S. 3456 (112th): Child Protection Act of 2012
- S. 1794 (112th): Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011
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).
Blumenthal sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (23%) Crime and Law Enforcement (20%) Health (17%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Taxation (10%) Commerce (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%) International Affairs (5%)
Some of Blumenthal’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2294: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that individuals ...
- S. 2293: A bill to amend section 214(c)(8) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to ...
- S. 2150: Imitation Firearms Safety Act of 2017
- S.Res. 326: A resolution recognizing the crew of the San Antonio Rose, B-17F, who sacrificed ...
- S. 2044: Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act
- S. 2045: Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2017
- S. 1999: Ellie’s Law
From Jan 2011 to Jan 2018, Blumenthal missed 19 of 1,980 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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