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Rep. Rod Blagojevich

Former Representative from Illinois’s 5th District, Democrat

Blagojevich, a Democrat, was the representative for Illinois's 5th congressional district from 1997 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. Rod Blagojevich [D-IL5, 1997-2002]


Our unique analysis of the bills Blagojevich sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2002. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Blagojevich is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

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

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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 about one third or more 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%) Law (13%) Commerce (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.

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Primary Sources

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