Read our 2018 Report Card for Roberts.
Roberts is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Roberts has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 12, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Pat Roberts sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
- Joint Committee on the Library
- Joint Committee on Printing
Senate Committee on Finance
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
- Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
- Senate Select Committee on Ethics
Roberts was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 252: A bill to authorize the honorary appointment of Robert J. Dole to the grade of colonel in the regular Army.
- S. 483: Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018
- S. 2278 (115th): State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2018
- S. 3042 (115th): Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
- S. 2908: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for electronic prior authorization under Medicare part D for covered part D drugs, and for ...
- S. 2040: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 621 Kansas Avenue in Atchison, Kansas, as the “Amelia Earhart Post Office Building”.
- S. 1616: Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act
Does 25 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).
Roberts sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (28%) Taxation (26%) Agriculture and Food (14%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Government Operations and Politics (7%) Finance and Financial Sector (5%) Transportation and Public Works (4%)
Some of Roberts’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Con.Res. 24: A concurrent resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Food and Nutrition Service ...
- S. 2244: METH Addiction Act
- S. 1636: Ensuring Innovation Act
- S. 1641: ECORA Act of 2019
- S.Res. 201: A resolution honoring the 65th anniversary on May 17, 2019, of the landmark ...
- S. 1089: Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2019
- S.Con.Res. 9: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that tax-exempt fraternal benefit societies ...
From Jan 1997 to Sep 2019, Roberts missed 204 of 7,115 roll call votes, which is 2.9%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills