Sen. Pat Roberts

Senator from Kansas, Republican

Roberts, a Republican, has been a senator from Kansas since Jan 7, 1997 (next election in 2020).

He was previously the representative for Kansas's 1st congressional district (1981-1996).

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Our unique analysis of the bills Roberts has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Roberts is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Roberts for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Pat Roberts sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Roberts sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (32%) Agriculture and Food (20%) Taxation (14%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Education (5%) Environmental Protection (3%)

Recent Bills

Some of Roberts’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Roberts’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015
Oct 30, 2015. Motion Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Dec 2016, Roberts missed 177 of 6,235 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is worse than the median of 1.8% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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