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Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s 2015 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 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

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.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd most bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal cosponsored 295 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (98th percentile); Senate Democrats (95th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most liberal compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs

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 2015 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (8th percentile); Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Ranked the 6th top leader compared to Senate Democrats

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 2015 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (70th percentile); Senate Democrats (86th percentile); All Senators (79th percentile).


 

Was 7th most present in votes compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 1 other)

Blumenthal missed 0.3% of votes (1 of 339 votes) in 2015. View Blumenthal’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); All Senators (17th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 3 others)

5 of Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions in 2015 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. 532: Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Act ...; S. 1774: Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity ...; S.Res. 193: A resolution celebrating the 50th ...; S.Res. 302: A resolution expressing the sense ...; S.Res. 327: A resolution condemning violence that ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (63rd percentile); Senate Democrats (77th percentile); All Senators (74th percentile).


 

Got the 9th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions had 368 cosponsors in 2015. 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 Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (83rd percentile); Senate Democrats (86th percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 7th least often compared to Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (tied with 5 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blumenthal introduced 1 bill in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S.Res. 302: A resolution expressing the sense ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (15th percentile); Senate Democrats (27th percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 295 bills that Blumenthal cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (56th percentile); Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (54th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 12th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

Blumenthal introduced 46 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (75th percentile); Senate Democrats (84th percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Blumenthal held a leadership position on 1 committee and 1 subcommittee, 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 Democrats (59th percentile); All Senators (66th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Blumenthal tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 26% of Blumenthal’s 46 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in 2015.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (41st percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).

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


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Blumenthal supported any of 19 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Blumenthal 1 point, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Blumenthal cosponsored S. 229: Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (30th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (34th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Blumenthal introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (0th percentile); Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

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.


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 11 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. 730: Permanently Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure ...; S. 1517: VOW to Hire Heroes Extension ...; S. 1904: Social Security 2100 Act; S. 1968: Business Supply Chain Transparency on ...; S. 2198: Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention ...; S. 2301: Food Labeling Modernization Act of ...; S.Res. 66: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 197: A resolution recognizing the need ...; S.Res. 298: A resolution recognizing Connecticut’s Submarine ...; S.Res. 327: A resolution condemning violence that ...; S.Con.Res. 12: A concurrent resolution recognizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs (65th percentile); Senate Democrats (66th percentile); All Senators (73rd percentile).

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


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 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.