Roberts is the senior senator from Kansas and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 7, 1997. Roberts is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021.
He was previously the representative for Kansas’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1981 to 1996.
Read our 2019 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 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 Oct 22, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Pat Roberts sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chair
- Joint Committee on the Library
- Joint Committee on Printing
- Senate Committee on Finance
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Primary Health and Retirement Security subcommittees
- 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 (115th): 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 ...
- S. 2040 (115th): 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 (115th): 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:
Some of Roberts’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4845: A bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct surveys to collect ...
- S. 4840: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require ...
- S. 4054: United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020
- S.Res. 564: A resolution commemorating May 8, 2020, the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe ...
- S. 3291: Support Small Business R & D Act of 2020
- S. 3076: An original bill to release a federal reversionary interest in Chester County, Tennessee, ...
- S. 2819: Lifetime Learning Credit Enhancement Act
From Jan 1997 to Oct 2020, Roberts missed 221 of 7,483 roll call votes, which is 3.0%. This is on par with the median of 1.9% 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