Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)

U.S. Representative (since January 2009)

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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.

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At a Glance

  • Career History: Portland City Council (1986-1996); Multnomah County Commissioner (1978-1986); Oregon House of Representatives (1972-1978)
  • Birthday: August 16, 1948
  • Hometown: Portland, Oregon
  • Alma Mater: Lewis & Clark College, B.A., 1970; J.D. 1976
  • Spouse: Margaret
  • Committees: Budget , Ways and Means
  • DC Office: 2267 Rayburn House Office Building, 202-225-4811

Path to Power

Blumenauer is a Portland, Ore., native who was born in 1946 and is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College.

Blumenauer's political career began against the backdrop of the 1960s civil-rights movement. In the late 1960s, he helped organize Oregon's "Go 19" movement to lower the state's voting age.

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The Issues

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Blumenauer chairs the Congressional Bicycle Caucus along with Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.).

Blumenauer has worked with his predecessor, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), on conservation and energy issues.


Additional Resources

  1. "Blumenauer promotes livability issues - in the Midwest" The Associated Press, June 3, 2002
  2. Dean, Cornelia, The New York Times, "A Bicycle Evangelist With the Wind Now at His Back," Jan. 12, 2009
  3. "Washington Post Votes Database"
  4. Rep Blumenauer's website, Biography
  5. "Wind Energy Job Growth in Oregon: Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer Address Local Families at OMSI in Portland" Aug. 26, 2010"Sen. Wyden & Rep. Blumenauer Laud Passage of Public Lands Bill" YouTube, March 25, 2009
  7. Lane, Dee, "HE KNOWS POLITICS AND POLICY, BUT HE SHUNS POLITICS AS USUAL" The Oregonian, March 18, 1996
  8. Hulse, Carl, "Frustrated Liberal Lawmaker Balances Beliefs and Politics," New York Times, Oct. 17, 2009
  9. "Blumenauer Statement on President Obama's Tax Proposal" Dec. 8, 2010
  10. Bai, Matt, "One Liberal Voice Dares to Say, Cut the Budget" The New York Times, Aug. 25, 2010
  11. Oliver, Gordon, "VOTERS MAKE KATZ PORTLAND'S NEW MAYOR" The Oregonian, Nov. 4, 1992
  12. Kosseff, Jeff, "Blumenauer's trade votes predictably inconsistent" The Oregonian, Oct. 13, 2007
  13. "Bike and Pedestrian Issues"
  14. Pear, Robert, "Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir" The New York Times, Dec. 25, 2010
  15. Baker, Nena, "BLUMENAUER WANTS WYDEN'S SEAT IF IT BECOMES VACANT" The Oregonian, Nov. 3, 1995
  16. Blumenauer, Earl, "Proudly Changing My Position on DOMA" The Huffington Post, Sept. 15, 2009
  17. Almanac of American Politics
  18. Yardley, William, "Bicycle Commuter Tax Break Is a Bittersweet Victory for Measure's Sponsor" The New York Times, Oct. 9, 2008"Congressman Blumenauer Statement on Financial Rescue Bill" Oct. 3, 2008
  19. "Livable Communities Task Force"
  20. Pomfret, John, "China's lobbying efforts yield new influence, openness on Capitol Hill" The Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2010
  21. Lane, Dee, "BLUMENAUER TURNS 40 AS `ELDER STATESMAN'" The Oregonian, Aug. 29, 1988