Blum, a Republican, is the representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 6, 2015. Blum is next up for reelection in 2018.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Blum.
Blum is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
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Rod Blum sits on the following committees:
- House Committee on Small Business
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Member, Subcommittee on Government Operations
Blum was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:
- H.R. 4605 (114th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 615 6th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as the “Sgt. 1st Class Terryl L. ...
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).
Blum sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Blum’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4511: No Golden Parachutes for Public Service Act
- H.R. 4512: Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2017
- H.R. 4510: No Congressional Vehicle Leases Act
- H.R. 4509: No Congressional First Class Flights Act
- H.R. 4424: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exclusion from ...
- H.R. 4043: Whistleblower Protection Extension Act of 2017
- H.R. 2195: OSC Access Act
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H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017
May 19, 2017. Passed 229/177.
H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. The bill also would direct the ...
H.R. 5602: To amend title 31, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to include all funds when issuing certain geographic targeting orders, and for ...
Jul 11, 2016. Passed 356/47.
H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
From Jan 2015 to Dec 2017, Blum missed 28 of 1,998 roll call votes, which is 1.4%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 6 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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