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 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
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 2020 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 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 3, 2017 to May 25, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
Roy Blunt sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Ranking Member
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee Ranking Member
- Joint Committee on the Library
- Joint Committee on Printing
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Blunt was the primary sponsor of 30 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 5076 (116th): A bill to authorize the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate to delegate authority to approve payroll and personnel actions.
- S. 2321 (116th): Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
- S. 2851 (116th): 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 …
- S. 2203 (116th): Brand USA Extension Act
- S. 1300 (116th): National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act
- S. 2961 (115th): Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018
- S. 3158 (115th): Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
Does 30 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:
Health (17%) Taxation (15%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Families (13%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (11%) Sports and Recreation (11%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Immigration (9%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Blunt recently introduced the following legislation:
- S.Res. 649: A resolution congratulating the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats men’s basketball team on …
- S.Res. 633: A resolution expressing support for the designation of May 1, 2022, as “Silver …
- S.Con.Res. 36: A concurrent resolution honoring the life and legacy of Ulysses S. Grant in …
- S. 3405: Low Power Protection Act
- S. 3338: Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act
- S. 3307: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Boundary Revision Act of 2021
- S. 3280: Children in Family Security Act of 2021
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
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 May 2022, Blunt missed 169 of 3,703 roll call votes, which is 4.6%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% 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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