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Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s 2013 Report Card

Senior Senator from Connecticut
Democrat
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2023


These special year-end statistics cover Blumenthal’s record during the 2013 legislative year (Jan 3, 2013-Dec 26, 2013) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Dec 1, 2014. On Dec. 1, 2014, the statistics were updated to remove Sen. Schatz from the list of Senate sophomores. Schatz only served for several days in the preceding Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Blumenthal’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Ranked most liberal compared to All Senators

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2013 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the least often compared to Senate Sophomores

Of the 248 bills that Blumenthal cosponsored, 13% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (21st percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Got bicameral support on the most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 12 of Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 615: Coltsville National Historical Park Act; S. 702: A bill to designate the ...; S. 1019: Elder Protection and Abuse Prevention ...; S. 1160: Complete America’s Great Trails Act; S. 1174: A bill to award a ...; S. 1281: Veterans and Servicemembers Employment Rights ...; S. 1624: VOW to Hire Heroes Extension ...; S. 1651: Manufacturing Reinvestment Account Act of ...; S. 1653: Food Labeling Modernization Act of ...; S. 1696: Women’s Health Protection Act of ...; S. 1721: FANS Act; S. 1761: Permanently Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Democrats (85th percentile); All Senators (89th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Ranked the top leader compared to Senate Sophomores

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in 2013 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Democrats (60th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Got the most cosponsors on their bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions had 223 cosponsors in 2013. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Democrats (70th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal cosponsored 248 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 2nd most often compared to All Senators

GovTrack looked at whether Blumenthal supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Blumenthal 7 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Blumenthal sponsored S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

Blumenthal cosponsored S. 375: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 405: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act ...; S. 1130: Ending Secret Law Act; S. 1207: Cameras in the Courtroom Act

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (92nd percentile); Senate Democrats (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Introduced the 2nd most bills compared to Senate Sophomores

Blumenthal introduced 36 bills and resolutions in 2013. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (85th percentile); Senate Democrats (64th percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Was 2nd most present in votes compared to Senate Sophomores (tied with 1 other)

Blumenthal missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 291 votes) in 2013. View Blumenthal’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (8th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 10th lowest % of bills compared to Senate Democrats

Blumenthal tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 22% of Blumenthal’s 36 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2013.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (33rd percentile); Senate Democrats (20th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Laws Enacted

Blumenthal introduced 0 bills that became law in 2013. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

We only count enacted bills (and joint resolutions) that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through companion bills or incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blumenthal introduced 0 bills in 2013 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Blumenthal held a leadership position on 0 committees and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Blumenthal’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (8th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (18th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

2 of Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions in 2013 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 666: Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act ...; S.Res. 183: A resolution commemorating the relaunching ...

Compare to all Senate Sophomores (38th percentile); Senate Democrats (32nd percentile); All Senators (39th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2013) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.