Paul is the junior senator from Kentucky and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Paul is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023 unless re-elected.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Paul.
Paul 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 Paul has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 24, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Rand Paul sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations subcommittees
- Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management subcommittee Chair
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy, Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development subcommittees
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Paul sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (23%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Environmental Protection (10%) Health (10%) Immigration (9%) Taxation (8%)
Some of Paul’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 4685: A bill to prohibit assistance to foreign governments that violate human rights with ...
- S. 4646: A bill to repeal certain war powers of the President under the Communications ...
- S. 4487: Pandemic Pay-For Act of 2020
- S. 4488: Tax Relief for Families Suffering from Government-Mandated Shutdowns Act
- S. 4432: SCHOOL Act of 2020
- S. 4367: Health Savings Accounts For All Act of 2020
- S. 4295: Public Health Emergency Pass-Through Payment Fairness Act of 2020
From Jan 2011 to Sep 2020, Paul missed 132 of 2,867 roll call votes, which is 4.6%. This is much worse than the median of 1.8% 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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