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Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Blumenthal’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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 most bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal cosponsored 664 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 Democrats (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 5th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 26 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. 325: Permanently Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure ...; S. 510: Women’s Health Protection Act of ...; S. 596: SEAT Act of 2017; S. 647: Mandatory Arbitration Transparency Act of ...; S. 662: NO HATE Act; S. 964: MY DATA Act of 2017; S. 965: Cruise Passenger Protection Act; S. 1412: Strengthening Loan Forgiveness for Public ...; S. 1634: Used Car Safety Recall Repair ...; S. 1923: Background Check Completion Act of ...; S. 1999: Ellie’s Law; S. 2044: Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor ...; S. 2045: Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention ...; S. 2293: Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act of ...; S. 2294: SERVE Act of 2017; S. 2705: ROBOCOP Act; S. 3300: Untraceable Firearms Act of 2018; S. 3556: DEBRIS Act; S.Res. 59: A resolution expressing the support ...; S.Res. 326: A resolution recognizing the crew ...; S.Res. 374: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 452: A resolution designating April 11, ...; S.Res. 458: A resolution designating April 11, ...; S.Res. 597: A resolution urging the release ...; S.Res. 610: A resolution urging the release ...; S.Con.Res. 58: A concurrent resolution recognizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (93rd percentile).

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


 

Ranked 6th 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 the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (9th percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 7th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

13 of Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 510: Women’s Health Protection Act of ...; S. 712: Department of Veterans Affairs Appeals ...; S. 1489: Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement ...; S. 1923: Background Check Completion Act of ...; S. 1939: Equal Access to Justice for ...; S. 2044: Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor ...; S. 2045: Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention ...; S. 2591: Arbitration Fairness Act of 2018; S. 3300: Untraceable Firearms Act of 2018; S.Res. 194: A resolution designating June 15, ...; S.Res. 326: A resolution recognizing the crew ...; S.Res. 549: A resolution designating June 15, ...; S.Con.Res. 59: A concurrent resolution recognizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (91st percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Introduced the 11th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Blumenthal introduced 77 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (83rd percentile); All Senators (88th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to Senate Democrats

Of the 664 bills that Blumenthal cosponsored, 27% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).

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


 

Got the 17th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions had 449 cosponsors in the 115th 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 »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (74th percentile); All Senators (83rd percentile).


 

Supported government transparency the 14th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 8 others)

GovTrack looked at whether Blumenthal supported any of 14 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Blumenthal 5 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Blumenthal cosponsored S. 210: Global Health, Empowerment and Rights ...; S. 298: Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act; S. 1989: Honest Ads Act; S. 2159: ME TOO Congress Act; S. 2236: Congressional Harassment Reform Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (62nd percentile); All Senators (78th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 23rd fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 7 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 14 of Blumenthal’s 77 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Blumenthal caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (26th percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Was 26th most present in votes compared to All Senators (tied with 7 others)

Blumenthal missed 0.5% of votes (3 of 599 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Blumenthal’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (25th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Blumenthal introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 712: Department of Veterans Affairs Appeals ...; S. 1489: Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement ...; S. 1873: Veteran PEER Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (43rd percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blumenthal introduced 9 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 712: Department of Veterans Affairs Appeals ...; S. 1489: Veterans Education Relief and Reinstatement ...; S. 1873: Veteran PEER Act; S.Res. 194: A resolution designating June 15, ...; S.Res. 326: A resolution recognizing the crew ...; S.Res. 458: A resolution designating April 11, ...; S.Res. 537: A resolution commending the Yale ...; S.Res. 538: A resolution commending the Wesleyan ...; S.Res. 610: A resolution urging the release ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (51st percentile); All Senators (41st 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 Democrats (23rd percentile); All Senators (19th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (55th percentile); All Senators (56th 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 the 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.