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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D)

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Phone: 202-225-4811

Address: 1111 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (503) 231-2300

Address: 911 NE 11th Avenue, Portland OR 97232-4128

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Earl Blumenauer Biography
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  • Elected: May 1996, 9th full term.
  • District: Oregon 3
  • Born: Aug. 16, 1948, Portland
  • Home: Portland
  • Education:

    Lewis & Clark Col., B.A. 1970, J.D. 1976

  • Professional Career:

    Asst. to pres., Portland St. U., 1970–77.

  • Political Career:

    OR House, 1972–78; Multnomah Cnty. Comm., 1978–86; Portland City Cncl., 1986–96.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    no religious affiliation

  • Family: Married (Margaret); 4 children

Democrat Earl Blumenauer, who won a special election in May 1996, is best known for his role as Congress’ point person on “smart growth” planning strategies that combat urban sprawl and promote alternatives to driving. He is also known for his distinctive bow ties. Read More

Democrat Earl Blumenauer, who won a special election in May 1996, is best known for his role as Congress’ point person on “smart growth” planning strategies that combat urban sprawl and promote alternatives to driving. He is also known for his distinctive bow ties.

Blumenauer grew up in Portland and graduated from Lewis and Clark College and its Northwestern Law School. In his teens, he was inspired by the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s. In 1969 in college, he headed a statewide campaign to lower Oregon’s voting age. He has held public office almost all of his adult life. In 1972, at age 23, he was elected to the Oregon House; in 1978, he was elected to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. In 1986, he was elected to the Portland City Council.

He championed many of the policies that have made Portland distinctive—regional light-rail transit, curbside recycling, and aggressive land-use planning. He encouraged bicycle riding and “regional rail summits,” which bring neighborhood residents into the planning for higher densities at transit nodes. Blumenauer has had some setbacks, notably when he lost the 1992 mayoral race. But he was the obvious successor to Rep. Ron Wyden when Wyden was elected to the Senate, and he won the special election 68%-25%. His campaign slogan was “Vote Earl, Vote Often.” He has never drawn less than 67% of the vote in any election since.

In the House, Blumenauer was the most liberal member of the Oregon delegation until 2013, when his new colleague Suzanne Bonamici edged him out after winning election in 2012. He and Colorado’s Jared Polis were lead sponsors of the February 2013 bill allowing states to legalize medical marijuana and to regulate it in a manner similar to alcohol. “We’re still arresting two-thirds of a million people for use of a substance that a majority feel should be legal,” Blumenauer told The Associated Press. He also has been active in promoting healthier school lunches.

Blumenauer rides his bicycle everywhere he travels around Washington from his Capitol Hill apartment. He formed a Congressional Bike Caucus that boasts more than 170 members and fought for showers for bike commuters at the Capitol. Blumenauer was astonished to find that the House subsidized parking for employees, but not mass transit; now, employees can get subsidized transit fares.He is interested in what seem like quixotic projects now but may seem less so in time: an interstate highway system for bicycle paths and less dependence on driving as a tool to improve public health. “The rise of bicycles is a metaphor for change in this country,” Blumenauer says.

The sometimes nerdy policy wonk has developed an audience for his gospel of livability and civic values, including the Obama administration, which has embraced some of his concepts. However, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has dismissed his ideas as “central planning.” The Internet-savvy Blumenauer sets his BlackBerry to notify him when he is mentioned in a blog posting, and he responds on a regular basis.

On economic issues, he has actively promoted trade across the Pacific, a key element of Portland’s economy. He joined Illinois GOP Rep. Aaron Schock in 2012 in complaining to the Obama administration that tariffs imposed on U.S.-designed footwear imported from Asia discriminate against companies like Oregon’s Nike. He supported normal trade relations with China as well as free trade agreements in 2011 with Panama and South Korea, but he joined most House Democrats in opposing the Central America Free Trade Agreement. When Democrats assumed the majority in 2007, Blumenauer secured a seat on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee and became a more active lawmaker. He gave the panel a new focus on the environment and urban planning, including his call for tax subsidies for bicycle commuting that were included in the Troubled Asset Relief Program law of 2008. He also promoted a national pilot program to examine alternative ways to tax road use.

Blumenauer chairs the Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus and was an outspoken critic of a Republican proposal to strike funding for National Public Radio in 2011, citing polls showing strong public support for the operation. During the earlier health care debate, he promoted legislation to allow doctors to charge Medicare for end-of-life consultations, a proposal that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin famously charged would lead to “death panels.” He staged a retaliation of sorts in 2011, when he questioned the Park Service about whether Palin received preferential treatment during her widely publicized bus tour of national historic sites.

He seriously considered running for mayor of Portland in 2004 but decided against it.

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Earl Blumenauer Election Results
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2012 General
Earl Blumenauer (D)
Votes: 264,979
Percent: 74.62%
Ronald Green (R)
Votes: 70,325
Percent: 19.8%
Woodrow Broadnax
Votes: 13,159
Percent: 3.71%
2012 Primary
Earl Blumenauer (D)
Votes: 84,628
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (70%), 2008 (75%), 2006 (73%), 2004 (71%), 2002 (67%), 2000 (67%), 1998 (84%), 1996 (67%), 1996 special (68%)
Earl Blumenauer Votes and Bills
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2013 2012 2011
Economic 86 (L) : 13 (C) 75 (L) : 25 (C) 75 (L) : 24 (C)
Social 87 (L) : 7 (C) 68 (L) : 31 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 94 (L) : - (C) 93 (L) : - (C) 83 (L) : 16 (C)
Composite 91.2 (L) : 8.8 (C) 80.0 (L) : 20.0 (C) 83.0 (L) : 17.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV94100
CFG1924
ITIC-82
NTU2023
20112012
COC27-
ACLU-100
ACU40
ADA8585
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

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    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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