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Sen. Pat Roberts’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Kansas
Republican
Serving Jan 7, 1997 – Jan 3, 2021


These special statistics cover Roberts’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Roberts’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Ideology Score

6th most conservative among All Senators

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Roberts’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 3rd most conservative out of 41
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Senate Republicans 6th most conservative out of 45
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Serving 10+ Years 5th most conservative out of 54
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All Senators 6th most conservative out of 100
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Powerful Cosponsors

4th fewest bills among Serving 10+ Years; tied with 4 others

1 of Roberts’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 1647: Restoring Access to Medication Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 41 0
20 bills View All
Senate Republicans 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 45 0
9 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 4th fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 54 0
20 bills View All
All Senators 9th fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 100 0
20 bills View All
 

Committee Positions

6th highest score among All Senators; tied with 3 others

Roberts held a leadership position on 1 committee and 2 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Roberts’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Senate Republicans 3rd highest score (tied w/ 2) out of 45 0
8 points View All
Serving 10+ Years 6th highest score (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
16 points View All
All Senators 6th highest score (tied w/ 3) out of 100 0
16 points View All
 

Bills Cosponsored

8th most bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 1 other

Roberts cosponsored 270 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 8th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 51
375 bills View All
Senate Republicans 11th most bills out of 45 51
337 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 13th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 51
375 bills View All
All Senators 28th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 100 51
449 bills View All
 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

9th lowest % of bills among Serving 10+ Years

Roberts tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 19% of Roberts’s 27 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

compared to... rank lowest % of bills ⇢ highest % of bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 7th lowest % of bills out of 35 8
57% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 12th lowest % of bills out of 37 5
61% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 9th lowest % of bills out of 49 8
61% of bills View All
All Senators 19th lowest % of bills out of 90 5
65% of bills View All

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Bills Introduced

13th fewest bills among Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs; tied with 1 other

Roberts introduced 27 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 13th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 7
107 bills View All
Senate Republicans 21st most bills (tied w/ 2) out of 45 7
85 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 54 7
107 bills View All
All Senators 38th fewest bills (tied w/ 3) out of 100 7
107 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

15th worst score among Serving 10+ Years

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Roberts’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 13th worst score out of 41
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Senate Republicans 22nd best score out of 45
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Serving 10+ Years 15th worst score out of 54
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All Senators 38th worst score out of 100
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Joining Bipartisan Bills

15th least bipartisan among Senate Republicans

Of the 270 bills that Roberts cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 15th most bipartisan out of 40 14
70% of bills View All
Senate Republicans 15th least bipartisan out of 45 24
70% of bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 22nd most bipartisan out of 53 14
70% of bills View All
All Senators 36th most bipartisan out of 98 12
70% of bills View All

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Working with the House

15th most bills among Senate Republicans; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 of Roberts’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 485: A bill to exempt certain ...; S. 721: Kelsey Smith Act; S. 806: A bill to amend part ...; S. 1154: Exchange Sunset Act of 2013; S. 1257: Protect American Investments Act of ...; S. 1272: Exchange Sunset Act of 2013; S. 2037: Critical Access Hospital Relief Act ...; S. 2282: No Bonuses for Tax-Delinquent IRS ...; S. 2430: SIGMA Act of 2014

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 17th fewest bills (tied w/ 1) out of 41 0
25 bills View All
Senate Republicans 15th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 45 0
23 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years 24th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 54 0
25 bills View All
All Senators 44th most bills (tied w/ 4) out of 100 0
32 bills View All

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

 

Cosponsors

18th fewest cosponsors among Serving 10+ Years

Roberts’s bills and resolutions had 192 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 16th fewest cosponsors out of 41 9
894 cosponsors View All
Senate Republicans 20th most cosponsors out of 45 9
412 cosponsors View All
Serving 10+ Years 18th fewest cosponsors out of 54 9
894 cosponsors View All
All Senators 46th fewest cosponsors out of 100 9
894 cosponsors View All
 

Missed Votes

20th most absent among All Senators

Roberts missed 6.1% of votes (40 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Roberts’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs 12th most absent out of 41 0
20% missed votes View All
Serving 10+ Years 12th most absent out of 54 0
17% missed votes View All
All Senators 20th most absent out of 100 0
20% missed votes View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Roberts introduced 0 bills in the 113th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs the fewest bills (tied w/ 4) out of 41 0
30 bills View All
Senate Republicans the fewest bills (tied w/ 10) out of 45 0
15 bills View All
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 6) out of 54 0
30 bills View All
All Senators the fewest bills (tied w/ 15) out of 100 0
30 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

Roberts introduced 0 bills that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs the fewest bills (tied w/ 9) out of 41 0
7 laws View All
Senate Republicans fewest bills along with 13 others out of 45 0
6 laws View All
Serving 10+ Years the fewest bills (tied w/ 12) out of 54 0
7 laws View All
All Senators fewest bills along with 31 others out of 100 0
7 laws View All

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Roberts supported any of 8 government transparency bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Roberts 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Senate Cmte. Chairs/RkMembs least supportive along with 15 others out of 41 0
8 points View All
Senate Republicans least supportive along with 26 others out of 45 0
5 points View All
Serving 10+ Years least supportive along with 19 others out of 54 0
8 points View All
All Senators least supportive along with 34 others out of 100 0
8 points View All

Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.