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Sen. Pat Roberts’s 2019 Report Card

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


These year-end statistics cover Roberts’s record during the 2019 legislative year (Jan 3, 2019-Dec 31, 2019) and compare him to other senators serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 18, 2020.

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.

 

Introduced the 4th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Roberts introduced 17 bills and resolutions in 2019. View Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (17th percentile); All Senators (13th percentile).


 

Ranked 4th most right (~conservative) compared to Serving 10+ Years

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 2019 is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Roberts’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (90th percentile); Senate Republicans (70th percentile); All Senators (84th percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

1 of Roberts’s bills and resolutions in 2019 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. 2695: National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (7th percentile); Senate Republicans (15th percentile); All Senators (9th percentile).


 

Got the 5th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

Roberts’s bills and resolutions had 120 cosponsors in 2019. 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 (10th percentile); Senate Republicans (30th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).


 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the 8th fewest bills compared to Serving 10+ Years

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Roberts’s 17 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Roberts caucused with in 2019.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (25th percentile); All Senators (20th percentile).

Cosponsors who caucused with neither the Democratic nor Republican party do not count toward this statistic.


 

Ranked the 8th bottom/follower compared to 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 2019 is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Roberts’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (17th percentile); Senate Republicans (30th percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 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. 586: Critical Access Hospital Relief Act ...; S. 1641: ECORA Act of 2019; S.Res. 201: A resolution honoring the 65th ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (12th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).

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


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th least often compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 2 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Roberts introduced 5 bills in 2019 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 252: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 483: Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act ...; S. 2695: National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility ...; S. 3076: An original bill to release ...; S.Con.Res. 24: A concurrent resolution recognizing the ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (28th percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Held the 11th fewest committee positions compared to Serving 10+ Years (tied with 6 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 (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (62nd percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).


 

Was 15th most absent in votes compared to All Senators

Roberts missed 8.2% of votes (35 of 428 votes) in 2019. View Roberts’s Profile »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (81st percentile); All Senators (85th percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Roberts introduced 2 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in 2019. 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. 252: A bill to authorize the ...; S. 483: Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act ...

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (33rd percentile); Senate Republicans (45th percentile); All Senators (51st 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 Cosponsored

Roberts cosponsored 163 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 (31st percentile); Senate Republicans (58th percentile); All Senators (31st percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 163 bills that Roberts cosponsored, 31% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Serving 10+ Years (66th percentile); Senate Republicans (51st percentile); All Senators (60th percentile).

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


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 2019) was the 116th Congress (freshmen) or 115th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.