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.
Read our 2020 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 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 3, 2017 to May 12, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Richard Blumenthal sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- the Constitution subcommittee Chair
- Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Senate Special Committee on Aging
- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Blumenthal was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1321 (116th): Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act
- S. 4478 (116th): LIFT Act
- S. 1873 (115th): Veteran PEER Act
- S. 1489 (115th): Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement Act of 2017
- S. 712 (115th): Department of Veterans Affairs Appeals Modernization Act of 2017
- S. 3419 (114th): Gold Star Families Voices Act of 2016
- S. 2807 (113th): Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013
Does 11 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).
Blumenthal sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (26%) Crime and Law Enforcement (20%) Transportation and Public Works (16%) Health (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Commerce (6%) Immigration (5%)
Some of Blumenthal’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1588: A bill to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to prohibit importation, ...
- S. 1546: A bill to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to provide ...
- S. 1551: A bill to require the Secretary of Transportation to finalize a rule to ...
- S. 1558: A bill to amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to ...
- S. 1484: A bill to improve the management of forage fish.
- S. 1375: A bill to grant lawful permanent resident status to certain eligible persons who ...
- S. 1379: A bill to provide for research to better understand the causes and consequences ...
From Jan 2011 to May 2021, Blumenthal missed 28 of 3,154 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: