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|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Tenure = 1997-Present
 
|Tenure = 1997-Present
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
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|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election =[[Oregon's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Last election =[[Oregon's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Cost per vote 2012 = $3.71
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
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|First elected =May 21, 1996
 
|First elected =May 21, 1996
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election =[[Oregon's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next election =November 8, 2016
 
|Campaign $=5,926,769
 
|Campaign $=5,926,769
 
|Prior office =Commissioner of Public Works, Portland City Council
 
|Prior office =Commissioner of Public Works, Portland City Council
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|Place of birth =Portland, Oregon
 
|Place of birth =Portland, Oregon
 
|Profession = Attorney
 
|Profession = Attorney
|Net worth = $6,751,014
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|Net worth = (2012) $6,809,015
 
|Religion =Non-denominational Protestant
 
|Religion =Non-denominational Protestant
 
|Office website = http://blumenauer.house.gov/
 
|Office website = http://blumenauer.house.gov/
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'''Earl Blumenauer''' (b. August 16, 1948 in Portland, Oregon) is a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Oregon]]. Blumenauer represents [[Oregon's 3rd congressional district]], and was first elected in 1996.  
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'''Earl Blumenauer''' (b. August 16, 1948, in Portland, [[Oregon]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Oregon]]. Blumenauer represents [[Oregon's 3rd Congressional District]] and was first elected in 1996.  
  
Blumenauer most recently won re-election in 2012. He defeated [[Ronald Green]] (R), [[Michael Cline]] (L), and [[Woodrow Broadnax]] (Progressive, Pacific Green) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="cnnreturns">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/OR/house ''CNN'' "Oregon Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref>
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Blumenauer won [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the [[Democratic]] primary on May 20, 2014.<ref name=primary>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/OR_US_House_0520.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "Oregon - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014]</ref> He defeated [[James Buchal]], who ran as a [[Republican]], [[Independent]] and [[Constitution Party]] candidate, [[Jeffrey Langan]] (L), [[Michael Meo]] (Pacific Green Party) and [[David Walker (Oregon)| David Walker]] (I) in the general election.<ref name=huffpost14>[http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/2014/results ''The Huffington Post'', "Election 2014," November 4, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Biography==
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Blumenauer was born in Portland, [[Oregon]], on August 16, 1948. He graduated from Centennial High School in 1966, received a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College in 1970 and his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1976.<ref name="bioguide">[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=b000574 ''Bioguide'', "BLUMENAUER, Earl, (1948 - )," accessed December 5, 2013]</ref> He served as assistant to the president of Portland State University from 1970 to 1977.
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
*1970: Graduated from Lewis and Clark College
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Blumenauer's academic professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=B000574 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "BLUMENAUER, Earl, (1948 - )," accessed February 9, 2015]</ref>
*1976: Graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School
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*1970-1977: Assistant to the president of Portland State University
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*1996-Present: U.S. Representative from [[Oregon's 3rd Congressional District]]
*1973-1978: Served as a member of the [[Oregon House of Representatives]]
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*1975-1981: Worked on the Board of Directors, Portland Community College
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*1978-1985: Served as Multnomah County, Commissioner
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*1986-1996: Served as Portland, City Commissioner
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*1990-1991: Served on the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education
 
*1990-1991: Served on the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education
*1996-Present: U.S Representative from [[Oregon]]
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*1986-1996: Served as Portland City Commissioner
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*1978-1985: Served as Multnomah County Commissioner
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*1975-1981: Worked on the Board of Directors, Portland Community College
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*1973-1978: Served as a member of the [[Oregon House of Representatives]]
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*1970-1977: Assistant to the president of Portland State University
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
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====2015-2016====
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Blumenauer serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk'', "Committee Information," accessed February 20, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Ways and Means Committee]]
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====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Blumenauer serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
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Blumenauer served on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 21, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Committee on Ways and Means]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Committee on Ways and Means]]
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Blumenauer served on the following committees:<ref>[http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=257&Itemid=139 ''Earl Blumenauer, Representing Oregon's 3rd District'' Ëarl's Committees"]</ref>
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Blumenauer served on the following committees:<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://blumenauer.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=257&Itemid=139 ''Earl Blumenauer, Representing Oregon's 3rd District'', "Earl's Committees," accessed February 8, 2012]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Budget]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Budget]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Ways and Means]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means|Ways and Means]]
 
**Subcommittee on Health (Ways and Means)
 
**Subcommittee on Health (Ways and Means)
 
*United States House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
 
*United States House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming
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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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====National security====
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
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{{Nay vote}} Blumenauer voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/367/earl-blumenauer#.Ulw-AVN0I7I ''Project Vote Smart'', "Earl Blumenauer Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013]</ref>
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=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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{{Yea vote}} Blumenauer voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====CISPA (2013)=====
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{{Nay vote}} Blumenauer voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.624: ''The Library of Congress'', "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====NDAA=====
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{{Yea vote}} Blumenauer voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Economy====
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=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Nay vote}} On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Blumenauer voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Blumenauer voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====Immigration====
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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{{Nay vote}} Blumenauer voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Healthcare====
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=====Healthcare Reform Rules=====
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{{Nay vote}} Blumenauer voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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=====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act=====
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{{Nay vote}} Blumenauer voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013.  The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185.  The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Social issues====
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=====Amash amendment=====
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{{Yea vote}} Blumenauer voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217.  The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act.  Both parties were split on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal cliff====
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{{Nay vote}} Blumenauer voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003, while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Specific votes===
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
====Fiscal Cliff====
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[[File:s080_010.gif|right|290px|thumb|Blumenauer's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
{{Oppose vote}}
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
Blumenauer voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Blumenauer is a '''Hard-Core Liberal.''' Blumenauer received a score of 78 percent on social issues and 10 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Blumenauer|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/House/Earl_Blumenauer.htm ''On The Issues'', "Blumenauer Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Strongly Opposes
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Favors
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|Social Security=  Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals=Strongly Opposes
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|Crime= Opposes
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|Guns= Strongly Opposes
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|Taxes=Strongly Favors
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|Citizenship=Strongly Favors
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|Free Trade= Favors
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|United Nations=Strongly Opposes
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|Military=Strongly Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Strongly Favors
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|Iran=Strongly Favors
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|Energy=Strongly Favors
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|Marijuana=Strongly Opposes
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|Stimulus=Strongly Favors
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===Marijuana===
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Blumenauer wanted to remove marijuana from the "Schedule I" list of drugs. He also praised the Obama administration for allowing marijuana sellers to work with banks. He planned to circulate a petition to send to the president to express support for removing marijuana from the "Schedule I" list.<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/pending-regs/196373-lawmaker-wants-pot-off-federal-drug-list ''The Hill'', "Lawmaker wants pot off federal drug list," accessed January 25, 2014]</ref>
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===American response in Syria===
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Syria letter|Name=Blumenauer}}
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Oregon's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Blumenauer won [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the [[Democratic]] primary on May 20, 2014.<ref name=primary/> He then defeated [[James Buchal]], who ran as a [[Republican]], [[Independent]] and [[Constitution Party]] candidate, [[Jeffrey Langan]] (L), [[Michael Meo]] (Pacific Green Party) and [[David Walker (Oregon)| David Walker]] (I) in the general election.<ref name=huffpost14/>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Oregon's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Oregon's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
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Blumenauer won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Oregon, 2012|Oregon's]] [[Oregon's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012|3rd District]].<ref name="cnnreturns"/> He faced [[Ronald Green]] (R), [[Michael Cline]] (L) and [[Woodrow Broadnax]] (Progressive, Pacific Green) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
  
Blumenauer won the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Oregon, 2012|Oregon's]] [[Oregon's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012|3rd District]].<ref name="cnnreturns"/> He faced [[Ronald Green]] (R), [[Michael Cline]] (L), and [[Woodrow Broadnax]] (Progressive, Pacific Green) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
 
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/132/Earl-Blumenauer Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Blumenauer attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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|year=2000
 
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|Editdate=May 16, 2013  
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00007727&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Earl Blumenauer" Accessed May 16, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00007727&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Earl Blumenauer," accessed May 16, 2013]</ref>
 
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|result2012=Won
 
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|totalraised2010=1286059
 
|totalraised2010=1286059
 
|result2010=Won
 
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|totalraised2008=1181680
 
|totalraised2008=1181680
 
|result2008=Won
 
|result2008=Won
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|totalraised2006=709369
 
|totalraised2006=709369
 
|result2006=Won
 
|result2006=Won
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|totalraised2004=620058
 
|result2004=Won
 
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|totalraised2002=478048
 
|totalraised2002=478048
 
|result2002=Won
 
|result2002=Won
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|totalraised2000=466414
 
|totalraised2000=466414
 
|result2000=Won
 
|result2000=Won
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===2014===
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{{Earl Blumenauer 2014 FEC}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Earl Blumenaur's 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|thumb|right|375px|Breakdown of the source of Blumenauer's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Earl Blumenaur's 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|thumb|right|375px|Breakdown of the source of Blumenauer's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]}}
Blumenauer won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Blumenauer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,185,142 and spent $981,706.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?cycle=2012&id=OR03 ''Open Secrets'' " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013]</ref>
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Blumenauer won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Blumenauer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,185,142 and spent $981,706.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?cycle=2012&id=OR03 ''Open Secrets'', " 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Blumenauer spent $3.71 per vote received in 2012.
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{{Congress donor box 2012
 
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|party = Democratic
 
|total raised =  $1,185,142
 
|total raised =  $1,185,142
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
[[File:Earl Blumenauer's 2010 Donor Breakdown.png|thumb|right|375px|Breakdown of the source of Blumenauer's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Earl Blumenauer's 2010 Donor Breakdown.png|thumb|right|375px|Breakdown of the source of Blumenauer's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
Blumenauer won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Blumenauer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,286,059 and spent $1,230,380.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00007727&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Earl Blumenauer 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011]</ref>
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Blumenauer won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Blumenauer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,286,059 and spent $1,230,380.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00007727&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Earl Blumenauer 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011]</ref>
  
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Oregon Congressional District 3 Election
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|Chamber = U.S. House, Oregon District 3
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
 
|total raised = $1,286,059
 
|total raised = $1,286,059
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|inddonor4 = $72,220
 
|inddonor4 = $72,220
 
|inddonor5 = $57,150
 
|inddonor5 = $57,150
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Blumenauer's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,827,036 to $10,790,994. That averages to '''$6,809,015''', which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36.  Blumenauer ranked as the 54th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00007727&year=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Blumenauer, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Blumenauer's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> increased by an average of 8 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Blumenauer received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Construction Services'' industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in [[Oregon's 3rd Congressional District]] was ''Educational services, and health care and social assistance,'' according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.<ref>[http://www.census.gov/mycd/ ''Census.gov'', "My Congressional District," accessed September 24, 2014]</ref>
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From 1995-2014, '''26.85 percent of Blumenauer's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00007727&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Earl Blumenauer," accessed September 24, 2014]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Blumenauer is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democrat]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/earl_blumenauer/400033 ''Gov Track'' "Earl Blumenauer," Accessed June 7 2013]</ref>  
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Blumenauer was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democrat]]" as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/earl_blumenauer/400033 ''GovTrack'', "Earl Blumenauer," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Blumenauer received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/earl_blumenauer/400033 ''GovTrack'', "Earl Blumenauer," accessed June 7, 2013]</ref>
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
From May 1996 to Mar 2013, Blumenauer missed 466 of 11,307 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving, as of April 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/earl_blumenauer/400033 ''GovTrack,'' "Earl Blumenauer," Accessed April 2013]</ref>
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From May 1996 to July 2014, Blumenauer missed 510 of 12,290 roll call votes, which is 4.1 percent. This is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving, as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/earl_blumenauer/400033 ''GovTrack'', "Earl Blumenauer," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Blumenauer paid his congressional staff a total of $1,128,945 in 2011. Overall, [[Oregon]] ranked 8th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Earl_Blumenauer.html ''LegiStorm'', "Earl Blumenauer," Accessed September 24, 2012]</ref>
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===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Blumenauer's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,827,035 and $10,674,994. This averages to $6,751,014, which is a 37.09% increase since 2010. This is higher than the $5,107,874 average net worth for Democratic representatives in 2011.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00007727&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore), 2011," Accessed February 16, 2013]</ref>
 
 
====2010====
 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Blumenauer's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $2,458,047 to $7,390,993. That averages to $4,924,520 which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00007727&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012]</ref>
 
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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Blumenauer was one of two members of Congress who ranked the 24th in the liberal rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "TABLE: House liberal scores by issue area," July 22, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
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According to the data released in 2013, Blumenauer was ranked the 88th most liberal representative during 2012. <ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal,'' "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013]</ref>
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Blumenauer ranked the 88th in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-house-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal'', "TABLE: House liberal scores by issue area," February 26, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
According to the data released in 2012, Earl Blumenauer was ranked 77th the most liberal representative during 2011. This is the most liberal ranking possessed by any of Oregon's representatives.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Blumenauer ranked 77th in the liberal rankings in 2011. This was the most liberal ranking possessed by any of Oregon's representatives.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable vote ratings tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 12:46, 20 March 2015

Earl Blumenauer
Earl Blumenauer.jpeg
U.S. House, Oregon, District 3
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 18
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRon Wyden (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$3.71 in 2012
First electedMay 21, 1996
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$5,926,769
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner of Public Works, Portland City Council
1986-1995
Commissioner, Multnomah County Commission
1978-1986
Oregon House of Representatives
1973-1978
Education
Bachelor'sLewis and Clark College, 1970
J.D.Lewis and Clark College, 1976
Personal
Date of birthAugust 16, 1948
Place of birthPortland, Oregon
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth(2012) $6,809,015
ReligionNon-denominational Protestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Earl Blumenauer (b. August 16, 1948, in Portland, Oregon) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oregon. Blumenauer represents Oregon's 3rd Congressional District and was first elected in 1996.

Blumenauer won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[1] He defeated James Buchal, who ran as a Republican, Independent and Constitution Party candidate, Jeffrey Langan (L), Michael Meo (Pacific Green Party) and David Walker (I) in the general election.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Blumenauer is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Blumenauer was born in Portland, Oregon, on August 16, 1948. He graduated from Centennial High School in 1966, received a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College in 1970 and his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1976.[3] He served as assistant to the president of Portland State University from 1970 to 1977.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Blumenauer's academic professional and political career:[4]

  • 1996-Present: U.S. Representative from Oregon's 3rd Congressional District
  • 1990-1991: Served on the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education
  • 1986-1996: Served as Portland City Commissioner
  • 1978-1985: Served as Multnomah County Commissioner
  • 1975-1981: Worked on the Board of Directors, Portland Community College
  • 1973-1978: Served as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives
  • 1970-1977: Assistant to the president of Portland State University

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Blumenauer serves on the following committees:[5]

2013-2014

Blumenauer served on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Blumenauer served on the following committees:[7]

  • Budget
  • Ways and Means
    • Subcommittee on Health (Ways and Means)
  • United States House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

Key votes

113th Congress

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The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] For more information pertaining to Blumenauer's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Blumenauer voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

NDAA

Yea3.png Blumenauer voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[12] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[13] Blumenauer voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Blumenauer voted for HR 2775.[16]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Yea3.png Blumenauer voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003, while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[17]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Blumenauer's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Blumenauer is a Hard-Core Liberal. Blumenauer received a score of 78 percent on social issues and 10 percent on economic issues.[18]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[19]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Strongly Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[18] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Marijuana

Blumenauer wanted to remove marijuana from the "Schedule I" list of drugs. He also praised the Obama administration for allowing marijuana sellers to work with banks. He planned to circulate a petition to send to the president to express support for removing marijuana from the "Schedule I" list.[20]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than 100 House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[21]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013, “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[21][22]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. The letter asked, “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missles, [sic] 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?”[22]

The letter stated, “If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request. We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict."[22]

A total of 98 Republicans signed the letter. Blumenauer was one of 18 Democratic members to sign the letter.[22]

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Blumenauer won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[1] He then defeated James Buchal, who ran as a Republican, Independent and Constitution Party candidate, Jeffrey Langan (L), Michael Meo (Pacific Green Party) and David Walker (I) in the general election.[2]

U.S. House, Oregon District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Blumenauer Incumbent 72.3% 211,748
     Republican James Buchal 19.6% 57,424
     Libertarian Jeffrey Langan 2.2% 6,381
     Green Michael Meo 4.1% 12,106
     Independent David Walker 1.4% 4,009
     Miscellaneous Miscellaneous 0.4% 1,089
Total Votes 292,757
Source: Oregon Secretary of State

2012

See also: Oregon's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Blumenauer won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oregon's 3rd District.[23] He faced Ronald Green (R), Michael Cline (L) and Woodrow Broadnax (Progressive, Pacific Green) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Oregon District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Blumenauer Incumbent 74.5% 264,979
     Republican Ronald Green 19.8% 70,325
     Progressive Woodrow Broadnax 3.7% 13,159
     Libertarian Michael Cline 1.9% 6,640
     N/A Write-in 0.2% 772
Total Votes 355,875
Source: Oregon Secretary of State

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Blumenauer attends.


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Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Blumenauer is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Blumenauer raised a total of $5,926,769 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[32]

Earl Blumenauer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Oregon, District 3) Won $1,185,141
2010 U.S. House (Oregon, District 3) Won $1,286,059
2008 U.S. House (Oregon, District 3) Won $1,181,680
2006 U.S. House (Oregon, District 3) Won $709,369
2004 U.S. House (Oregon, District 3) Won $620,058
2002 U.S. House (Oregon, District 3) Won $478,048
2000 U.S. House (Oregon, District 3) Won $466,414
Grand Total Raised $5,926,769


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2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Blumenauer’s reports.[33]

2012


Blumenauer won re-election to the United States House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Blumenauer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,185,142 and spent $981,706.[43]

Cost per vote

Blumenauer spent $3.71 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Blumenauer's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Blumenauer won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Blumenauer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,286,059 and spent $1,230,380.[44]

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Blumenauer's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,827,036 to $10,790,994. That averages to $6,809,015, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Blumenauer ranked as the 54th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2004 and 2012, Blumenauer's calculated net worth[46] increased by an average of 8 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Earl Blumenauer Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$4,080,807
2012$6,809,015
Growth from 2004 to 2012:67%
Average annual growth:8%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Blumenauer received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Construction Services industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Oregon's 3rd Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[50]

From 1995-2014, 26.85 percent of Blumenauer's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[51]

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Earl Blumenauer Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $7,598,949
Total Spent $6,959,108
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Construction Services$483,816
Transportation Unions$439,625
Real Estate$406,288
Public Sector Unions$358,125
Lawyers/Law Firms$352,379
% total in top industry6.37%
% total in top two industries12.15%
% total in top five industries26.85%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Blumenauer was a "far-left Democrat" as of July 2014.[52] This was the same rating Blumenauer received in June 2013.[53]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[54]

Blumenauer most often votes with:

Blumenauer least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

From May 1996 to July 2014, Blumenauer missed 510 of 12,290 roll call votes, which is 4.1 percent. This is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving, as of July 2014.[55]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Blumenauer paid his congressional staff a total of $1,128,945 in 2011. Overall, Oregon ranked 8th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[56]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Blumenauer was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Blumenauer's staff was given an apparent $91,335.14 in bonus money.[57]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Blumenauer was one of two members of Congress who ranked the 24th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[58]

2012

Blumenauer ranked the 88th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[59]

2011

Blumenauer ranked 77th in the liberal rankings in 2011. This was the most liberal ranking possessed by any of Oregon's representatives.[60]

Voting with party

2014

Earl Blumenauer voted with the Democratic Party 93.6 percent of the time, which ranked 85th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[61]

2013

Earl Blumenauer voted with the Democratic Party 96.2 percent of the time, which ranked 62nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[62]

Recent news

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See also

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References

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  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  61. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  62. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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