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 2018 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 Jul 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Richard Blumenthal sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather
- Member, Subcommittee on Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts
- Member, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
- Member, Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration
- Member, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
- 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:
Crime and Law Enforcement (23%) Armed Forces and National Security (22%) Health (14%) Transportation and Public Works (12%) Commerce (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Taxation (6%)
Some of Blumenthal’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2097: Protecting Sensitive Locations Act
- S. 2043: Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act
- S. 1990: Presidential Appointee Accountability Act of 2019
- S. 1971: Used Car Safety Recall Repair Act
- S. 1944: Public Health Funding Restoration Act
- S. 1924: Jaime’s Law
- S. 1930: Fair and Equal Treatment of Women in the Coast Guard Act
From Jan 2011 to Jul 2019, Blumenthal missed 25 of 2,462 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.5% 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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