Earl Blumenauer

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Earl Blumenauer
Earl Blumenauer.jpeg
U.S. House, Oregon, District 3
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorRon Wyden (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.71 in 2012
First electedMay 21, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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
BirthdayAugust 16, 1948
Place of birthPortland, Oregon
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$6,751,014
ReligionNon-denominational Protestant
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

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.

He 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.[1]

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.

Career

  • 1970: Graduated from Lewis and Clark College
  • 1976: Graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School
  • 1970-1977: Assistant to the president of Portland State University
  • 1973-1978: Served as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives
  • 1975-1981: Worked on the Board of Directors, Portland Community College
  • 1978-1985: Served as Multnomah County, Commissioner
  • 1986-1996: Served as Portland, City Commissioner
  • 1990-1991: Served on the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education
  • 1996-Present: U.S Representative from Oregon

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Blumenauer serves on the following committees:[2]

2011-2012

Blumenauer served on the following committees:[3]

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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[4] For more information pertaining to Blumenauer's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

More than one hundred House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he planned to use military force in Syria.[6]

Rep. Scott Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013 that “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.”[6][7]

The members of Congress believed that Obama should have asked Congress for permission before engaging in Libya. “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?” the letter asked.[7]

“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,” stated the letter.[7]

Ninety-eight of the signers of the letter were Republicans. Blumenauer was one of eighteen Democratic members to sign the letter.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Blumenauer voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Blumenauer voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[10] 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.[11] Blumenauer voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[13] 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.[14]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[8]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" 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.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Blumenauer voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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 1 of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[15]

Elections

2014

See also: Oregon's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014

Blumenauer is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[1] 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

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.[24]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Blumenauer’s reports.[25]

Earl Blumenauer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2013$632,645.24$43,190.68$(60,209.01)$615,626.91
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2013$615,626.91$180,409.02$(116,523.56)$679,512.37
October Quarterly[28]October 13, 2013$679,512.37$198,172.60$(128,954.99)$748,729.98
Year-End Quarterly[29]December 31, 2013$748,729$113,869$(73,679)$758,478
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$758,478.59$149,601.48$(225,012.39)$683,067.68
Running totals
$685,242.78$(604,378.95)

2012

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.[31]

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.[32]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Blumenauer is a "far-left Democrat" as of June 2013.[33]

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.[34]

Blumenauer most often votes with:

Blumenauer least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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.[35]

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.[36]

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.[37]

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, 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.[38]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[39]

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.

2012

Blumenauer ranked the 88th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[40]

2011

Blumenauer ranked 77th in the liberal rankings in 2011. This is the most liberal ranking possessed by any of Oregon's representatives.[41]

Voting with party

2013

Earl Blumenauer voted with the Democratic Party 96.2% of the time, which ranked 62nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[42]

Personal

Earl Blumenauer is married to Margaret. They have two children.

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "Oregon Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  3. Earl Blumenauer, Representing Oregon's 3rd District Ëarl's Committees"
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers Ask Obama to Consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "Earl Blumenauer Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Earl Blumenauer" Accessed May 16, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "Earl Blumenauer 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  31. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Earl Blumenauer 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Earl Blumenauer," Accessed June 7 2013
  34. [http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400033_Earl_Blumenauer OpenCongress, "Earl Blumenauer," Accessed August 8, 2013]
  35. GovTrack, "Earl Blumenauer," Accessed April 2013
  36. LegiStorm, "Earl Blumenauer," Accessed September 24, 2012
  37. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore), 2011," Accessed February 16, 2013
  39. OpenSecrets.org, "Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012
  40. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Wyden
U.S. House of Representatives - Oregon District 3
1996–present
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Commissioner of Public Works, Portland City Council
1986-1995
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Commissioner, Multnomah County Commission
1978-1986
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Oregon House of Representatives
1973-1978
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