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 2018 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 Oct 17, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Roy Blunt sits on the following committees:
- Chair, Joint Committee on the Library
- Chair, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
- Vice Chair, Joint Committee on Printing
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Chair, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Member, Subcommittee on Aviation and Space
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety
- Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Blunt was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- 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.
- S. 1771: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018
- S. 1344: Family Self-Sufficiency Act
- S. 1154: Military Family Stability Act
Does 25 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 (20%) Health (17%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Commerce (8%) International Affairs (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (6%)
Some of Blunt’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 356: A resolution designating September 4, 2019, as “National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day”, ...
- S. 2321: Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
- S. 2276: Vested Employee Pension Benefit Protection Act
- S. 2203: Brand USA Extension Act
- S. 2134: Brand USA Extension Act
- S. 1659: Ensuring Children’s Access to Specialty Care Act of 2019
- S. 1554: Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019
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 Oct 2019, Blunt missed 88 of 2,569 roll call votes, which is 3.4%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% 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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