Why He Matters
Blumenauer is the bike-riding, bow-tie wearing congressman representing Oregon's 3rd district. A lifelong politician who in his early days fought to lower his state's voting age, Blumenauer won his first race at age 23 when he joined the Oregon statehouse.
He moved to the U.S. House in 1996 and quickly began championing bicycling. Blumenauer is the founder of the Congressional Bicycle Caucus, which he co-chairs with Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), and he touts bike riding as a solution to everything from climate change to obesity. His other policy focus has been reforming the government's flood-insurance program that he says,"subsidized people to live in places where nature repeatedly showed they weren't wanted" and encouraging disaster preparedness.