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Sen. Roy Blunt

Former Senator for Missouri

pronounced roy // blunt

Blunt was a senator from Missouri and was a Republican. He served from 2011 to 2022.

He was 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, 2011-2022]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2022 Report Card for Blunt.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Blunt is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2022 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 sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 22, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Blunt was the primary sponsor of 33 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 33 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 sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Families (13%) Taxation (13%) International Affairs (11%) Sports and Recreation (11%) Immigration (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Blunt recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Blunt voted Nay

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Blunt voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2022, Blunt missed 184 of 3,912 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2022. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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