Read our 2016 Report Card for Roberts.
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)
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, Specialty Crops, and Agricultural Research
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
- Joint Committee on the Library
- Joint Committee on Printing
Senate Committee on Finance
- Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
- Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Member, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
- 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 16 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1417 (114th): United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015
- S. 677 (113th): Crop Insurance Improvement Act of 2013
- S. 1375 (111th): A bill to amend the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to reauthorize State mediation programs.
- S. 1025 (109th): Wichita Project Equus Beds Division Authorization Act of 2005
- S. 1962 (109th): A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to revise certain repayment contracts with the Bostwick Irrigation District in Nebraska, the Kansas Bostwick Irrigation District No. ...
- S. 643 (109th): A bill to amend the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to reauthorize State mediation programs.
- S. 2136 (108th): An original bill to extend the final report date and termination date of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, to provide additional funding ...
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 about one third or more 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 (31%) Taxation (18%) Agriculture and Food (18%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%) Education (5%)
Some of Roberts’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1070: Realizing Intended Safety for Certain Accessories Act of 2017
- S. 1033: A bill to amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to provide ...
- S. 1032: National Forest Good Neighbor Act of 2017
- S. 587: Protecting Charitable Contributions Act of 2017
- S. 500: Securing our Agriculture and Food Act
- S.Con.Res. 7: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that tax-exempt fraternal benefit societies ...
- S.Res. 30: An original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
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H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015
Oct 30, 2015. Motion Agreed to 64/35.
This vote was on the bill in its final form as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
S. 3240 (112th): Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012
Jun 21, 2012. Bill Passed 64/35.
S. 1789 (112th): 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012
Apr 25, 2012. Bill Passed 62/37.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
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 as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
From Jan 1997 to May 2017, Roberts missed 177 of 6,368 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- 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
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills