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Sen. Pat Roberts’s 2016 Report Card

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


These special statistics cover Roberts’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

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.

 

Ranked 2nd most conservative compared to 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 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Roberts’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (96th percentile); Senate Republicans (96th percentile); All Senators (98th percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 10th most bills compared to Senate Republicans

Roberts cosponsored 269 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (60th percentile); Senate Republicans (81st percentile); All Senators (57th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 12th least often compared to All Senators

Of the 269 bills that Roberts cosponsored, 16% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (15th percentile); Senate Republicans (20th percentile); All Senators (11th percentile).

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


 

Held the 12th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 5 others)

Roberts held a leadership position on 1 committee and 0 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 »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (23rd percentile); Senate Republicans (61st percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Leadership Score

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 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Roberts’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); Senate Republicans (52nd percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Working with the House

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 258: Critical Access Hospital Relief Act ...; S. 455: Innovators Job Creation Act of ...; S. 506: A bill to amend part ...; S. 654: A bill to exempt certain ...; S. 709: Restoring Access to Medication Act ...; S. 1368: SIGMA Act of 2015; S. 1660: A bill to amend the ...; S. 1880: Helping Veterans Save for Health ...; S. 2221: Ensuring Access to Affordable and ...; S. 2370: Protecting Charitable Contributions Act of ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (32nd percentile); Senate Republicans (48th percentile); All Senators (43rd percentile).

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


 

Missed Votes

Roberts missed 2.2% of votes (11 of 502 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Roberts’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (49th percentile); All Senators (56th percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

4 of Roberts’s bills and resolutions in the 114th 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. 168: Regulatory Responsibility for our Economy ...; S. 709: Restoring Access to Medication Act ...; S. 2221: Ensuring Access to Affordable and ...; S.Res. 349: A resolution congratulating the Farm ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (26th percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

Roberts tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 10 of Roberts’s 33 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (41st percentile); All Senators (38th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Roberts introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 455: Innovators Job Creation Act of ...; S. 1417: United States Grain Standards Act ...; S. 1660: A bill to amend the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (45th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (58th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Roberts introduced 4 bills in the 114th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 1417: United States Grain Standards Act ...; S. 2609: An original bill to amend ...; S. 2917: Commodity End-User Relief Act; S. 3136: Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (38th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Roberts’s bills and resolutions had 217 cosponsors in the 114th 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 »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (50th percentile); All Senators (45th percentile).


 

Bills Introduced

Roberts introduced 33 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (30th percentile); Senate Republicans (39th percentile); All Senators (36th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Roberts supported any of 22 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness 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.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


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.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

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 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.