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Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s 2014 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Blumenthal’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th 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.

 

Ideology Score

the most liberal among Senate Sophomores

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 the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Sophomores the most liberal out of 13
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Senate Democrats 6th most liberal out of 53
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All Senators 6th most liberal out of 100
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

the least bipartisan among Senate Sophomores

Of the 398 bills that Blumenthal cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Sophomores the least bipartisan out of 13 16
54% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 13th least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 53 12
48% of bills View All
All Senators 13th least bipartisan (tied w/ 1) out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

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

 

Bills Introduced

the most bills among Senate Sophomores

Blumenthal introduced 63 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the most bills out of 13 7
63 bills View All
Senate Democrats 12th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 53 9
107 bills View All
All Senators 14th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

the best score among 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 the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Sophomores the best score out of 13
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Senate Democrats 13th best score out of 53
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All Senators 13th best score out of 100
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Missed Votes

the most voting among Senate Sophomores

Blumenthal missed 0.3% of votes (2 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Blumenthal’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Sophomores the most voting out of 13 0
10% missed votes View All
All Senators 8th most voting (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Committee Positions

the highest score among Senate Sophomores; tied with 1 other

Blumenthal held a leadership position on 0 committees and 3 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Blumenthal’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Sophomores the highest score (tied w/ 1) out of 13 1
3 points View All
Senate Democrats 21st highest score (tied w/ 2) out of 53 0
16 points View All
All Senators 42nd highest score (tied w/ 7) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Government Transparency

2nd most supportive among All Senators; tied with 1 other

GovTrack looked at whether Blumenthal supported any of 8 government transparency 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.

Sponsored: S. 1467: FISA Court Reform Act of ...

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

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Sophomores the most supportive out of 13 0
7 points View All
Senate Democrats 2nd most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 53 0
8 points View All
All Senators 2nd most supportive (tied w/ 1) out of 100 0
8 points View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

3rd most bills among All Senators

Blumenthal cosponsored 398 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the most bills out of 13 121
398 bills View All
Senate Democrats 3rd most bills out of 53 95
449 bills View All
All Senators 3rd most bills out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

10th lowest % of bills among Senate Democrats

Blumenthal tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 22% of Blumenthal’s 63 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Sophomores 4th lowest % of bills out of 12 7
56% of bills View All
Senate Democrats 10th lowest % of bills out of 51 8
65% of bills View All
All Senators 26th lowest % of bills out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

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

 

Working with the House

10th most bills among All Senators; tied with 3 others

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 17 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 ...; S. 2150: Independent Innovator and Repurposing Act; S. 2347: Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act ...; S. 2738: Toxic Exposure Research Act of ...; S. 2807: Death in Custody Reporting Act ...; S.Res. 439: A resolution supporting the goals ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 1
17 bills View All
Senate Democrats 8th most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 53 0
32 bills View All
All Senators 10th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

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

 

Cosponsors

14th most cosponsors among All Senators

Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions had 410 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. 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 »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Sophomores 2nd most cosponsors out of 13 48
412 cosponsors View All
Senate Democrats 13th most cosponsors out of 53 23
894 cosponsors View All
All Senators 14th most cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Laws Enacted

18th most bills among All Senators; tied with 18 others

Blumenthal introduced 2 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 1174: A bill to award a ...; S. 2807: Death in Custody Reporting Act ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 4th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 0
5 laws View All
Senate Democrats 11th most bills (tied w/ 11) out of 53 0
7 laws View All
All Senators 18th most bills (tied w/ 18) out of 100 0
7 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

34th most bills among All Senators; tied with 8 others

5 of Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress 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. 1174: A bill to award a ...; S. 2364: Sunshine in Litigation Act of ...; S.Res. 183: A resolution commemorating the relaunching ...; S.Res. 330: A resolution recognizing the 50th ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores 5th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 13 1
7 bills View All
Senate Democrats 24th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 53 0
20 bills View All
All Senators 34th most bills (tied w/ 8) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blumenthal introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Sophomores the fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 13 0
12 bills View All
Senate Democrats the fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 53 0
30 bills View All
All Senators the fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
30 bills View All

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.

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 the 113th Congress) 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.