Read our 2017 Report Card for Blumenthal.
Blumenthal is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Blumenthal has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Richard Blumenthal sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Senate Special Committee on Aging
- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Blumenthal was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were 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).
Blumenthal sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (24%)Crime and Law Enforcement (19%)Health (18%)Transportation and Public Works (12%)Taxation (10%)Commerce (7%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)Science, Technology, Communications (5%)
Some of Blumenthal’s most recently sponsored bills include...
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|Blumenthal’s Vote||Vote Description|
|Yea||On the Nomination PN372: Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit|
Aug 1, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 66/31.
|Nay||On the Nomination PN56: Rod J. Rosenstein, of Maryland, to be Deputy Attorney General|
Apr 25, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 94/6.
|Yea||On the Nomination PN48: Linda E. McMahon, of Connecticut, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration|
Feb 14, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 81/19.
|Yea||H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017|
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
|Yea||H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act|
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
|Yea||H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014|
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
|Yea||H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015|
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
|Nay||H.R. 2642 (113th): Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013|
Feb 4, 2014. Conference Report Agreed to 68/32.
|Yea||S.Res. 8 (112th): A resolution amending the Standing Rules of the Senate to provide for cloture to be invoked with ...|
Jan 27, 2011. Resolution Rejected 12/84.
From Jan 2011 to Mar 2018, Blumenthal missed 20 of 2,019 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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Richard Blumenthal is pronounced:
RI-cherd // BLOO-mun-thawl
The letters stand for sounds according to the following table:
|Letter||Sounds As In|
Capital letters indicate a stressed syllable.
United States Senate
|Formed||December 10, 1816|
|Chair||Chuck Grassley (R)|
Since January 3, 2015
|Ranking member||Dianne Feinstein (D)|
Since January 3, 2017
|Political parties||Majority (11)|
|Policy areas||Federal judiciary, civil procedure, criminal procedure, civil liberties, copyrights, patents, trademarks, naturalization, constitutional amendments, congressional apportionment, state and territorial boundary lines|
|Oversight authority||Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, federal judicial nominations|
|House counterpart||House Committee on the Judiciary|
|226 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.|
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The Judiciary Committee's oversight of the DOJ includes all of the agencies under the DOJ's jurisdiction, such as the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Committee considers presidential nominations for positions in the DOJ, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the State Justice Institute, and certain positions in the Department of Commerce and DHS. It is also in charge of holding hearings and investigating judicial nominations to the Supreme Court, the U.S. court of appeals, the U.S. district courts, and the Court of International Trade. The Standing Rules of the Senate confer jurisdiction to the Senate Judiciary Committee in certain areas, such as considering proposed constitutional amendments and legislation related to federal criminal law, human rights law, immigration, intellectual property, antitrust law, and internet privacy.
Established in 1816 as one of the original standing committees in the United States Senate, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary is one of the oldest and most influential committees in Congress. Its broad legislative jurisdiction has assured its primary role as a forum for the public discussion of social and constitutional issues. The Committee is also responsible for oversight of key activities of the executive branch, and is responsible for the initial stages of the confirmation process of all judicial nominations for the federal judiciary.
Members, 115th Congress
In January 2018, the Democratic minority had their number of seats increase from 9 to 10 upon the election of Doug Jones (D-AL), changing the 52–48 Republican majority to 51–49.
Members, 114th Congress
Source: 2013 Congressional Record, Vol. 159, Page S296 to 297