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Rep. Rod Blagojevich

Former Representative for Illinois’s 5th District

Blagojevich was the representative for Illinois’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1997 to 2002.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2011, Blagojevich, a former representative for IL-5, was convicted of a broad range of corruption as Governor of Illinois which included attempting to sell the appointment to the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after Obama won the 2008 presidential election. In 2020, President Trump commuted Blagojevich's sentence and on Feb. 19, 2020, he was released from jail.

Jun. 27, 2011 Convicted of corruption.
Feb. 18, 2020 Blagojevich's sentence commuted by President Trump.
Photo of Rep. Rod Blagojevich [D-IL5, 1997-2002]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Blagojevich is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Blagojevich sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 1997 to Nov 19, 2002. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Blagojevich was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Blagojevich sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Crime and Law Enforcement (19%) Commerce (13%) Law (13%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Education (7%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Blagojevich’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Nov 2002, Blagojevich missed 329 of 3,397 roll call votes, which is 9.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.8% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 2002. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: