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.
Read our 2019 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 from Jan 6, 2015 to May 21, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
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Richard Blumenthal sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection subcommittee Ranking Member
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts subcommittee Ranking Member
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Senate Special Committee on Aging
- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Blumenthal was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1873: Veteran PEER Act
- S. 1489: Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement Act of 2017
- S. 712: 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
- 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
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).
Blumenthal sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (23%) Crime and Law Enforcement (21%) Transportation and Public Works (15%) Health (13%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Commerce (7%) Government Operations and Politics (6%) Immigration (6%)
Some of Blumenthal’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3807: A bill to enhance the prevention of mental health discrimination against individuals during ...
- S. 3826: A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to provide additional resources, including ...
- S. 3809: A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct ...
- S. 3808: A bill to improve the affordability and accessibility of child care for military ...
- S. 3801: A bill to authorize use of amounts in My Career Advancement Account Program ...
- S. 3800: A bill to provide for the enhancement of command climate assessments in the ...
- S. 3760: A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for ...
From Jan 2011 to May 2020, Blumenthal missed 25 of 2,774 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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