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Rep. Steven Watkins

Representative for Kansas’s 2nd District

pronounced STEE-vun // WAWT-kinz


Watkins is the representative for Kansas’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Watkins’s current term ends on Jan 3, 2021.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2020, the district attorney of Shawnee County, KS, charged Rep. Watkins with three felonies after he voted in the wrong city council district in a 2019 municipal election and subsequently lied to law enforcement. On July 17, 2020, in accordance with House GOP conference rules, Rep. Watkins stepped down from his committee positions. In August 2020, Rep. Watkins lost in the Kansas primary and will leave Congress in January 2021. On August 14, the House Ethics Committee established an Investigative Subcommittee.

Jul. 14, 2020 The district attorney of Shawnee County, KS, charged Rep. Watkins with three felonies.
Jul. 17, 2020 In accordance with House GOP conference rules, Rep. Watkins stepped down from his committee positions.
Aug. 4, 2020 Watkins lost in the Kansas Republican primary.
Aug. 14, 2020 House Committee on Ethics established an Investigative Subcommittee.
Photo of Rep. Steven Watkins [R-KS2]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 Report Card for Watkins.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Steven Watkins sits on the following committees:

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 sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

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

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Watkins voted Nay

Passed 373/45 on Feb 5, 2020.

Watkins voted Yea

Watkins voted No

Passed 260/165 on Dec 11, 2019.

Watkins voted Yea

Watkins voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Nov 2020, Watkins missed 9 of 928 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives 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

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