Richard Blumenthal

Ben Cardin

U.S. SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL

D - CONNECTICUT

 

RACE SUMMARY:  First elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, winning over GOP candidate Linda McMahon with 55.2% of the vote, and was reelected in 2016 with 63.2% of the vote. He will face fierce opposition from GOP candidates in 2022, but is a strong JAC friend.

VOTING RECORD: Congress.gov, GovTrack.us

 

BIOGRAPHY POLITICAL CAREER

Party: Democratic

Born: 2/13/1946

Education: Harvard University (BA), Cambridge University, Yale University (JD)

Occupation: Attorney

Family: Married, four children

Religion: Jewish

Political Career:

  • U.S. Senator, 2011-Present
  • Attorney General, State of Connecticut, 1990-2010
  • Senator, Connecticute State Senate. 1987-1990
  • Representative, Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1984-1987

Committees:

  • Armed Services
  • Commerce, Science & Transportation
  • Judiciary
  • Veterans' Affairs
  • Special Committee on Aging

Elected: 2010

 

ISRAEL


  • Has worked tirelessly to maintain and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship
  • Believes the U.S.-Israel alliance and friendship are central to America's role in the world
  • Committed to ensuring that Israel maintains their qualitative military edge (QME)
 

CHOICE


  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Rejects efforts to make it harder for women to access vital health care services
  • Believes that all women have the right to access reproductive health care services without fear of violence, intimidation, or harassment
  • Has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America

 

In His Own Words


"Israel is not only an ally of strategic necessity, but a partner with deeply-held commitments to America's own foundational values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, religious freedom, and the pursuit of international peace." (1)

"Whether it is women's health, equality in the workplace, or protecting a woman's right to choose, as a U.S. Senator, I will be a fierce advocate for women.(2)

“I am fully committed to seeing common sense legislation to reduce gun violence signed into law." (3)

SOURCES: (1) 2010 Position Paper, (2) 2010 Position Paper, (3) Blumenthal.Senate.gov/issues/gun-violence

 

Interesting Facts


Former Aide to U.S. Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, and Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff

Clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun

Was a White House Aide 1969-1970

Volunteer Counsel for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), People Legal Defense Fund, 1981-1986