Read our 2017 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. 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 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 20 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- 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
- S. 500: Securing our Agriculture and Food Act
- S. 1660 (114th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation.
- S. 1417 (114th): United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015
- S. 455 (114th): Innovators Job Creation Act of 2015
- S. 677 (113th): Crop Insurance Improvement Act of 2013
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 (37%) Taxation (20%) Agriculture and Food (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (7%) Education (3%) Transportation and Public Works (3%)
Some of Roberts’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3042: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
- S. 2973: Kelsey Smith Act
- S. 2908: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide ...
- S. 2910: TeleCAST Act
- S. 2895: Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act
- S. 2278: State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2018
- S.Con.Res. 31: A concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for ...
|Roberts’s Vote||Vote Description|
On the Nomination PN1642: Mark Jeremy Bennett, of Hawaii, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit
Jul 10, 2018. Nomination Confirmed 72/27.
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 Jul 2018, Roberts missed 184 of 6,714 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. 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.
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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
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills