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Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Senator for Connecticut

pronounced RI-cherd // BLOO-mun-thawl

Blumenthal is the senior senator from Connecticut and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Blumenthal is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023 unless re-elected.

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Blumenthal.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 17, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Richard Blumenthal sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Blumenthal was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 9 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Blumenthal sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (28%) Crime and Law Enforcement (20%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Health (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Commerce (6%) Immigration (6%) Government Operations and Politics (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Blumenthal voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, ...

Blumenthal voted Yea

Bill Passed 77/23 on Feb 5, 2019.

What was the first legislation that Senate Republicans introduced this year? #### Context The very first bill introduced by a majority party in Congress sends ...

Blumenthal voted Yea

Blumenthal voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations ...

Blumenthal voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Dec 3, 2015.

H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the ...

Blumenthal voted Yea

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Blumenthal voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 68/32 on Feb 4, 2014.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Sep 2020, Blumenthal missed 25 of 2,855 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 1.7% 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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Primary Sources

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