Earl (Earl) Blumenauer (D-USH03)
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Room 1111 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-3703

Residence: Portland, OR
Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Margaret Kirkpatrick   DOB: 8/16/1948
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Trade
Co-ChairCongressional Bike Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Trails Caucus
Co-ChairPublic Broadcasting Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Composites Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Friends of Thailand Caucus
Co-ChairIntelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Landscape Conservation System Caucus [NLCS Caucus]
Co-ChairUnexploded Ordinance (UXO) Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Neuroscience Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Defense Energy Security Caucus
ChairmanHouse Livable Communities Task Force
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
Co-ChairBicameral Task Force on Climate Change
Co-ChairCongressional Land Conservation Caucus
ChairmanPassenger Rail Caucus
Co-ChairCannabis Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-China Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Bosnia
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Indonesia
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Congenital Heart Defect Caucus
FC MemberLewis and Clark Bicentennial Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pollinator Protection Caucus
FC MemberSpending Cuts and Deficit Reduction Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Quality Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Afghan Caucus
FC MemberPeak Oil Caucus
FC MemberNorthwest Energy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Oral Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Caucus
FC MemberFriends of New Zealand Caucus
FC MemberCongressional High-Performance Buildings Caucus
FC MemberWater Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fitness Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Vietnam
FC MemberCongressional Organic Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
FC MemberHouse Oceans Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberGoods Movement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Brazil
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Childhood Obesity
FC MemberCongressional Energy Savings Performance Caucus
FC MemberCommunity College Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Real Estate Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Korea Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Primary Care Caucus
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Safe Climate Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Wild Salmon
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hazards Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
Vice ChairCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberU.S.-Japan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Ways and Means
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus


A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service.

While still a student at Lewis and Clark College, he spearheaded the effort to lower the voting age both in Oregon and at the national level. He was elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1972, where he served three terms and Chaired the House Education and Revenue Committee in 1977-78. In 1978, he was elected to the Multnomah County Commission, where he served for eight years before being elected to the Portland City Council in 1986. There, his 10-year tenure as the Commissioner of Public Works demonstrated his leadership on the innovative accomplishments in transportation, planning, environmental programs and public participation that have helped Portland earn an international reputation as one of America's most livable cities.

Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, Mr. Blumenauer has created a unique role as Congress' chief spokesperson for Livable Communities- places where people are safe, healthy and economically secure. From 1996 to 2007, he served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he was a strong advocate for federal policies that address transportation alternatives, provide housing choices, support sustainable economies and improve the environment. He was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 2001 to 2007, and vice-chair of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming from 2007 to 2010. He is currently a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the subcommittees on Health, Social Security and Trade.

These committee assignments give Mr. Blumenauer a unique platform from which to initiate and further legislation that addresses and mitigates the effects of global warming. His priorities also include healthcare reform, honest trade, financing critical infrastructure, building livable communities in a global economy, and ensuring economic security for working families.

A leading environmental advocate both in Oregon and Congress, Congressman Blumenauer has authored and co-sponsored legislation to preserve and protect public lands, shift the nation's energy policy towards renewable energy and energy efficiency, curb global warming, clean our nation's water bodies, and many others. His legislative accomplishments include specific bills as well as numerous provisions that have been incorporated into larger pieces of legislation- -The Little Sandy Protection Act (2001) enhances and protects the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit, the source of drinking water for the Portland metropolitan area.

-Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act (2004), discourages federal investment in the redevelopment of repetitively flooded areas; -Water for the Poor Act (2005) makes affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation a priority for US foreign policy in developing nations; -Conserve by Bicycle Program (an amendment to the 2005 Energy Bill) creates a pilot program and a national educational effort on the energy conservation benefits of converting trips from cars to bikes.

-Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007 establishes felony-level jail time for violators of the Federal Animal Fighting Law.

The Responsibility to Iraqi Refugees Act (incorporated into the Defense Authorization Act of 2007) helps Iraqis who have assisted US soldiers gain refugee status to enter the US. -The Decoupling of Natural Gas Rate Structures Amendment (incorporated into the 2007 Energy Bill) promotes energy efficiency and conservation by aligning the interests of state regulators, natural gas utilities, their customers, and their stakeholders.

-An amendment that requires the Army Corps of Engineers to update their Principles and Guidelines was included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in 2007.

-The Higher Education Sustainability Act, which authorizes a $50 million competitive grant program to universities and institutions of higher education to develop, implement and evaluate sustainability curriculums, practices and academic programs, was incorporated as an amendment to Title VII of the Higher Education Act of 2007.

-Legal Timber Protection Act, to ban the import, export or sale of timber illegally sold in violation of a foreign or domestic law or international environmental treaty, was included in the 2007 Farm Bill.

-Bicycle Commuter Act, which amends the IRS code to include "bicycles" in the definition of transportation covered by fringe benefits, was incorporated into the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

-A Carbon Audit of the United States Tax Code, which instructs the National Academy of Sciences to review of the tax code to identify tax provisions and policies that have the greatest influence on the generation of carbon emissions, was incorporated into the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

-Small Wind Turbine Tax Credit, which offers a 30% tax credit for homeowners, farmers, and businesses that install small scale wind turbines, was incorporated into the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

-A provision that subsidizes qualified VA mortgages through Qualified Veterans' Mortgage Bonds was incorporated into the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008, H.R. 6081.

-The Captive Primates Safety Act, H.R. 80, designates nonhuman primates as prohibited wildlife species under the 1980 Lacey Act. (2009) -The Omnibus Public Lands Bill (2009) included an additional 128,000 acres of the Mt. Hood National Forest as Wilderness and added nearly 80 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Congressman Blumenauer founded and co-chaired the Livable Communities Task Force, the Bicycle Caucus, the Army Corps Reform Caucus, the Green Scissors Caucus, and the Public Broadcasting Caucus. He is also a co-chair of the Passenger Rail Caucus and the Trails Caucus, and a member of the Open Spaces and Land Trust Caucus.

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