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Sen. Roy Blunt

Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair and Senator for Missouri

pronounced roy // blunt

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.

Photo of Sen. Roy Blunt [R-MO]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Blunt.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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

Committee Membership

Roy Blunt sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Blunt was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recent Bills

Some of Blunt’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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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.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Blunt voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Blunt voted Nay

Missed Votes

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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: