Blunt is the senior senator from Missouri and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Blunt is next up for reelection in 2022.
He is also Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair, a party leadership role. Party leaders focus more on setting their party’s legislative priorties than on introducing legislation.
He was previously the representative for Missouri’s 7th congressional district as a Republican from 1997 to 2010.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Blunt.
Blunt is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Blunt has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 21, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Roy Blunt sits on the following committees:
- Joint Committee on the Library Chair
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Chair
- Joint Committee on Printing Vice Chair
Senate Committee on Appropriations
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittees
- Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee Chair
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Blunt was the primary sponsor of 28 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2851: A bill to amend section 442 of title 18, United States Code, to exempt certain interests in mutual funds, unit investment trusts, employee benefit plans, and retirement plans ...
- S. 2203: Brand USA Extension Act
- S. 1300: National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act
- S. 2961 (115th): Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018
- S. 3158: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
- S. 1438: Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act
- S. 810: A bill to facilitate construction of a bridge on certain property in Christian County, Missouri, and for other purposes.
Does 28 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).
Blunt sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (22%) Taxation (18%) Health (18%) International Affairs (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Commerce (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Families (8%)
Some of Blunt’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3216: Access to Breast Cancer Diagnosis Act of 2020
- S.Res. 438: A resolution expressing support for the goals of National Adoption Month and National ...
- S.Res. 428: A resolution authorizing the taking of pictures and filming in the Chamber of ...
- S. 2851: A bill to amend section 442 of title 18, United States Code, to ...
- S. 2715: Global Child Thrive Act of 2019
- S.Con.Res. 27: A concurrent resolution providing for the use of the catafalque situated in the ...
- S.Res. 356: A resolution designating September 4, 2019, as “National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day”, ...
As Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair, Blunt may be focused on his responsibilities other than introducing legislation, such as setting the chamber’s agenda, uniting his party, and brokering deals.
From Jan 2011 to Jan 2020, Blunt missed 91 of 2,698 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is worse than the median of 1.4% 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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