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Rep. Steven Watkins

Former Representative for Kansas’s 2nd District

pronounced STEE-vun // WAWT-kinz

Watkins was the representative for Kansas’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2019 to 2020.

Photo of Rep. Steven Watkins [R-KS2, 2019-2020]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Watkins.

Enacted Legislation

Watkins was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 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

Watkins sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (43%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (29%) Finance and Financial Sector (29%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Watkins recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Watkins voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Watkins voted Yea

Watkins voted Yea

Passed 272/114 on Dec 3, 2020.

Watkins voted Nay

Passed 373/45 on Feb 5, 2020.

Watkins voted Yea

Watkins voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Dec 2020, Watkins missed 12 of 954 roll call votes, which is 1.3%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2020. 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

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