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 Mar 25, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Roy Blunt sits on the following committees:
- Joint Committee on Printing Chair
- Joint Committee on the Library Vice Chair
- Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Ranking Member
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 Ranking Member
- 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:
Some of Blunt’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1030: A bill to prohibit the use of Federal funds to install permanent fencing ...
- S. 967: A bill to provide for the automatic acquisition of United States citizenship for ...
- S. 836: A bill to amend subpart 1 of part B of title IV of ...
- S. 5076 (116th): A bill to authorize the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the ...
- S.Res. 805 (116th): A resolution providing for staff transition for a Senator if the results ...
- S.Res. 803 (116th): A resolution designating room S-124 of the United States Capitol as the ...
- S.Res. 801 (116th): A resolution authorizing the use of the atrium in the Philip A. ...
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 Mar 2021, Blunt missed 102 of 3,105 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is worse than the median of 1.6% 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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