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Pat Roberts
Pat Roberts.jpg
U.S. Senate, Kansas
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 18
PredecessorNancy Landon Kassebaum (R)
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
High schoolHolton High School
Bachelor'sKansas State University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps
Years of service1958-1962
Date of birthApril 20, 1936
Place of birthTopeka, KS
Net worth$1,695,514
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.


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]


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


Roberts serves on the following Senate committees[3]:


Roberts served on the following Senate committees[4]:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Roberts's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "No" Roberts voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[7]

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.[8][9][10]

According to the website Breitbart, Roberts was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[11][12]

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."[13]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[14] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Roberts voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[15]

Statement on government shutdown

A shutdown solution was signed into law on October 17, 2013, with Roberts voting against the measure. He released an official statement regarding the shutdown solution:

"We are $17 trillion in debt, and looming mandatory spending obligations threaten to increase our debt exponentially. The current shutdown and debt crisis are severe, but if we fail to address government spending, we will be looking at a permanent shutdown. We will be faced with bankruptcy."[16]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "No" Roberts voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[7]

2013 Senate Budget Proposal

Voted "No" Roberts voted against the 2013 Senate Budget Proposal.[7] On March 23, after an all-night debate that ended just before 5 a.m., by a 50 to 49 vote the Democratically controlled Senate approved its first budget in four years. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan, and four Democrats opposed it. All four are from red states and are up for re-election in 2014. Roberts was one of the four Democrats who voted against the budget proposal.[7]

The approved plan is a $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 and would provide a fast track for passage of tax increases, trim spending modestly and leave the government still deeply in the red for the next decade.

The approval of a budget in the Senate began the process of setting up contentious, and potentially fruitless, negotiations with the Republican-controlled House starting in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems.

The House plan would have brought the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending even below the levels of automatic across-the-board cuts for federal programs now, and it orders up dramatic and controversial changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan differed greatly, and included $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to bolster the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years in legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the plan approved by the Senate would leave the government with a $566 billion annual deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that window.


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "Yes" Roberts voted in favor of Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[7]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "No" Roberts voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[17]



See also: United States Senate elections in Kansas, 2014

Roberts ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014.


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.[18]

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.[29]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Roberts's reports.[30]


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.[38]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[39]

Roberts most often votes with:

Roberts least often votes with:

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 January 1997 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among currently serving senators as of March 2013.[40]

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 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.[41]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Roberts's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $850,029 and $2,540,999. That averages to $1,695,514, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Roberts ranked as the 55th most wealthy senator in 2012.[42]

Pat Roberts Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Roberts ranked 26th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[43]


Roberts ranked 29th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[44]

Voting with party


Roberts voted with the Republican Party 89.9% of the time, which ranked 19th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[45]


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

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See also

External links


  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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Project Votesmart, "Pat Roberts Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  8. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  9. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  10. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  11. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  12. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. WatchDog.org "5 Kansas stances on the government shutdown solution," Accessed October 23, 2013
  17. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1980," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Pat Roberts" Accessed April 3, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Pat Roberts 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 29, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly Report," accessed September 4, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly Report," accessed September 4, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary Report," accessed September 4, 2014
  38. Gov Track "Pat Roberts," Accessed June 21, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Rep. Pat Roberts," Accessed August 2, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Pat Roberts," Accessed March 29, 2013
  41. LegiStorm "Pat Roberts"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Pat Roberts (R-KS), 2012"
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Kassebaum Baker
U.S. Senate - Kansas
Succeeded by
Preceded by
U.S. House - Kansas
Succeeded by