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Sen. Pat Roberts

Former Senator for Kansas

pronounced pat // RAW-berts

Roberts was a senator from Kansas and was a Republican. He served from 1997 to 2020.

He was previously the representative for Kansas’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1981 to 1996.

Photo of Sen. Pat Roberts [R-KS, 1997-2020]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Roberts.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Roberts is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2020 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Roberts sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 21, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Roberts was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 28 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Roberts sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (28%) Taxation (23%) Agriculture and Food (21%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) International Affairs (4%) Government Operations and Politics (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Roberts recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Roberts voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 83/16 on Feb 14, 2019.

This bill, in its final form, funded the parts of the federal government whose funding was to lapse on February 15, 2019. On December 22, …

Roberts voted Yea

Bill Passed 72/26 on Sep 28, 2016.

The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations …

Roberts voted Nay

Joint Resolution Passed 78/22 on Sep 18, 2014.

Roberts voted Yea

Roberts voted Yea

Roberts voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Roberts voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Jan 2021, Roberts missed 220 of 7,553 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is on par with the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2021. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: