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Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s 2020 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Blumenthal’s record during the 116th Congress (Jan 3, 2019-Jan 3, 2021) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 30, 2021.

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 1,041 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); Serving 10+ Years (98th percentile); All Senators (99th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 3rd most often compared to All Senators

19 of Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions in the 116th 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. 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. 2043: Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act; S. 2097: Protecting Sensitive Locations Act; S. 2327: A bill to amend title ...; S. 2561: Big Cat Public Safety Act; S. 3743: Untraceable Firearms Act of 2020; S. 3884: Essential Transportation Employee Safety Act ...; S. 4068: Background Check Completion Act of ...; S. 4149: Emergency Care Reimbursement Act of ...; S. 4443: Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor ...; S.Res. 370: A resolution designating October 2019 ...; S.Res. 484: A resolution recognizing January 27, ...; S.Con.Res. 30: A concurrent resolution recognizing the ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (96th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (94th percentile); All Senators (97th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 3rd least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Blumenthal introduced 4 bills in the 116th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 332: Agent Orange Exposure Fairness Act ...; S. 1321: Defending the Integrity of Voting ...; S. 4478: LIFT Act; S.Con.Res. 46: A concurrent resolution to correct ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (4th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most politically left compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 116th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (6th percentile); All Senators (7th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 9th fewest bills compared to Senate Democrats (tied with 1 other)

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 17 of Blumenthal’s 101 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Blumenthal caucused with in the 116th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (18th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); All Senators (27th percentile).

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


 

Introduced the 10th most bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal introduced 101 bills and resolutions in the 116th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (80th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (85th percentile); All Senators (90th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 10th most bills compared to All Senators (tied with 3 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 34 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. 751: Journalist Protection Act; S. 855: Closing the Law Enforcement Consent ...; S. 864: Ellie’s Law; S. 1048: PROTECT Act; S. 1112: Cabin Air Safety Act of ...; S. 1247: Duty To Report Act; S. 1321: Defending the Integrity of Voting ...; S. 1484: DEBRIS Act; 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. 3400: Ending Passenger Rail Forced Arbitration ...; S. 3749: Public Health Emergency Privacy Act; S. 3902: CIVIL Act; S. 4094: PFAS Free Military Purchasing Act; S. 4443: Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor ...; S. 4733: National Service Animals Monument Act; S.Res. 63: A resolution expressing support for ...; S.Res. 626: A resolution upholding the civil ...; S.Con.Res. 46: A concurrent resolution to correct ...

Compare to all Senate Democrats (74th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (83rd percentile); All Senators (87th percentile).

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


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years

Of the 1041 bills that Blumenthal cosponsored, 22% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Democrats (22nd percentile); Serving 10+ Years (21st percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).

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


 

Got the 24th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Blumenthal’s bills and resolutions had 593 cosponsors in the 116th 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 (57th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (67th percentile); All Senators (76th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Blumenthal introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 116th 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. 1321: Defending the Integrity of Voting ...; S. 4478: LIFT Act

Compare to all Senate Democrats (13th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); All Senators (14th 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.


 

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 (20th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (4th 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 116th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Blumenthal’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Democrats (50th percentile); Serving 10+ Years (41st percentile); All Senators (59th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Blumenthal missed 1.1% of votes (8 of 720 votes) in the 116th Congress. View Blumenthal’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); All Senators (30th percentile).


Additional Notes

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 116th Congress) 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.