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On November 4, 2008, Roberts won re-election to the [[United States Senate]]. He defeated Jim Slattery (D), Randall L. Hodgkinson (L), and Joseph L. Martin (Reformed Party) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008/2008Stat.htm ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"]</ref>
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===Full history===
 
===Full history===

Revision as of 09:58, 4 July 2013

Pat Roberts
Pat Roberts.jpg
U.S. Senate, Kansas
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
PredecessorNancy Landon Kassebaum (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,214,728
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives
1981-1997
Education
High schoolHolton High School
Bachelor'sKansas State University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps
Years of service1958-1962
Personal
BirthdayApril 20, 1936
Place of birthTopeka, KS
Net worth$1,793,518
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Charles Patrick "Pat" Roberts (b. April 20, 1936 in Topeka, Kansas) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Kansas. Roberts was first elected to the Senate in 1996.[1]

Roberts previously was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 1997.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Roberts is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Roberts was born in 1936 in Topeka, Kansas. He graduated from Holton High School in 1954, and earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State University in 1958. Roberts went on to serve as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958-62. [1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Roberts' political career[2]:

Roberts served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958-62. He has also worked as a newspaper publisher.[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Roberts serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

2011-2012

Roberts served on the following Senate committees[4]:

Issues

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Roberts voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[6][7][8]

According to the website Breitbart, Roberts was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[9][10]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[11]

Elections

2008

On November 4, 2008, Roberts won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jim Slattery (D), Randall L. Hodgkinson (L) and Joseph L. Martin (Reformed Party) in the general election.[12]

U.S. Senate, Kansas General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPat Roberts Incumbent 60.1% 727,121
     Democratic Jim Slattery 36.5% 441,399
     Libertarian Randall L. Hodgkinson 2.1% 25,727
     Reformed Joseph L. Martin 1.4% 16,443
Total Votes 1,210,690

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Roberts is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Roberts raised a total of $8,214,728 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[23]

Pat Roberts's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (Kansas) Won $6,506,851
2002 U.S. Senate (Kansas) Won $1,707,877
Grand Total Raised $8,214,728

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Roberts is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 21, 2013.[24]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Roberts missed 127 of 5,168 roll call votes from Jan 1997 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[25]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Roberts paid his congressional staff a total of $2,691,541 in 2011. He ranks 8th on the list of the highest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 34th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Kansas ranks 20th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Roberts's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $993,036 and $2,594,000. That averages to $1,793,518, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 112.25% from 2010.[27]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Roberts' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-472,951 and $2,162,996. That averages to $1,690,045, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[28]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Bonner ranked 26th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[29]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Roberts ranked 29th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.[30]

Voting with party

2013

Pat Roberts voted with the Republican Party 89.9% of the time, which ranked 19th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[31]

Recent news

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Personal

Roberts has been married to his wife Franki (nee Fann) since 1969. They have three children and four grandchildren.[2]

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bioguide "Pat Roberts" Accessed June 21, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official Senate website "Biography page," Accessed October 12, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Official Senate website "Committee assignments page," Accessed October 18, 2011
  5. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  7. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  8. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  9. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  10. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1980," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Pat Roberts" Accessed April 3, 2013
  24. Gov Track "Pat Roberts," Accessed June 21, 2013
  25. GovTrack, "Pat Roberts," Accessed March 29, 2013
  26. LegiStorm "Pat Roberts"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Roberts, (R-Kan), 2011"
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Roberts, (R-KS), 2010"
  29. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  30. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  31. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Kassebaum Baker
U.S. Senate - Kansas
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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