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Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Blumenthal’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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 682 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 4th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 27 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. 193: Ethan’s Law; S. 236: Special Counsel Transparency Act; S. 269: Social Security 2100 Act; S. 271: Families Belong Together Act; S. 543: PARK IT Act; S. 606: Reach Every Veteran in Crisis ...; S. 637: CURE High Drug Prices Act; S. 751: Journalist Protection Act; S. 855: Closing the Law Enforcement Consent ...; S. 864: Ellie’s Law; S. 1048: Preventing Opportunities for Teen E-Cigarette ...; S. 1112: Cabin Air Safety Act of ...; S. 1247: Duty To Report Act; S. 1321: Defending the Integrity of Voting ...; S. 1484: Diversifying Emergency Benchmarks for the ...; S. 1645: Women’s Health Protection Act of ...; S. 1756: No President is Above the ...; S. 1850: Better Oversight of Secondary Sales ...; S. 1924: Jaime’s Law; S. 1944: Public Health Funding Restoration Act; S. 1990: Presidential Appointee Accountability Act of ...; S. 2224: Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act of ...; S. 2633: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2957: Stopping Grinch Bots Act of ...; S. 3021: Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act ...; S. 3065: Safe Gun Storage Act of ...; S.Res. 63: A resolution expressing support for ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (89th percentile); All Senators (95th percentile).

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


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

11 of Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 165: Federal Unemployment Compensation Equality Act ...; S. 610: Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act; S. 1247: Duty To Report Act; S. 1321: Defending the Integrity of Voting ...; S. 1645: Women’s Health Protection Act of ...; S. 1779: Equal Access to Justice for ...; S. 1944: Public Health Funding Restoration Act; S. 2327: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2561: Big Cat Public Safety Act; S.Res. 370: A resolution designating October 2019 ...; S.Con.Res. 30: A concurrent resolution recognizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (93rd percentile); All Senators (94th percentile).


 

Ranked 8th most left (~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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Introduced the 9th most bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal introduced 66 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (82nd percentile); All Senators (91st percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 4 others)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 13 of Blumenthal’s 66 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Blumenthal caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Got the 23rd most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions had 366 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (56th percentile); All Senators (77th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Blumenthal introduced 0 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (0th percentile); All Senators (0th 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 1 bill in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1321: Defending the Integrity of Voting ...

Compare to all 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 Democrats (18th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 682 bills that Blumenthal cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (29th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).

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


 

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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (49th percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Blumenthal missed 0.9% of votes (4 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Blumenthal’s Profile »

Compare to all All Senators (40th 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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.