Kansas Senate Committee Assignments 1

David Haley is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 4th District since 2001. From 1995 to 2001, he was a Kansas Representative. He ran unsuccessfully for Kansas Secretary of State in 2002 and 2006.

He is the son of politician George W. Haley and nephew of Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley.[2]

Issue positions[edit]

Where David Haley stands on some of the issues (according to his website):[3]

  • Fiscally conservative
  • Stronger penalties for animal cruelty
  • Campaign finance reform

See also: Sen. Haley on the issues from Project Vote Smart

Committee assignments[edit]

In addition to being a member of the Kansas Sentencing Commission, Haley serves on these legislative committees:[4]

  • Judiciary
  • Public Health and Welfare
  • Joint Committee on Children's Issues
  • Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight
  • Joint Committee on Health Policy Oversight
  • Joint Committee on State-Tribal Relations


In 2010 Haley's proposed legislation included:

  • Two bills relating to crime and punishment[5]
  • A bill requiring a paper trail for electronic voting[6]
  • A bill proposing the President be elected by popular vote[7]
  • A bill to abolish the death penalty, which died after a 20-20 tied vote in the Senate in 2010.[8]

Major donors[edit]

The top contributors to Haley's 2008 campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics:[9]

Senate Democratic Committee of Kansas, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Kansans for Lifesaving Cures, Pipefitters Local Union 533, Deffenbaugh Industries, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee of Kansas, Kansas Contractors Association, Carpenters District Council of Kansas City

His largest donor groups were from energy/natural resources companies and political parties.


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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Roberts.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Roberts is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Roberts has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Pat Roberts sits on the following committees:

  • Chair, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops
    • Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
  • Joint Committee on the Library
  • Joint Committee on Printing
  • Senate Committee on Finance
  • Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
  • Senate Select Committee on Ethics

Enacted Legislation

Roberts was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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

Roberts sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (33%)Taxation (18%)Agriculture and Food (15%)Government Operations and Politics (12%)Finance and Financial Sector (6%)Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)Transportation and Public Works (6%)Education (4%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Roberts’s VoteVote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Yea H.R. 1314: Trade Act of 2015
Oct 30, 2015. Motion Agreed to 64/35.
This vote was on the bill in its final form as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
Yea H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
Nay H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Yea S. 3240 (112th): Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012
Jun 21, 2012. Bill Passed 64/35.
Yea S. 1789 (112th): 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012
Apr 25, 2012. Bill Passed 62/37.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Mar 2018, Roberts missed 182 of 6,610 roll call votes, which is 2.8%. This is worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
1997 Jan-Mar3500.0%0th
1997 Apr-Jun125108.0%94th
1997 Jul-Sep10300.0%0th
1997 Oct-Nov3500.0%0th
1998 Jan-Mar5211.9%35th
1998 Apr-Jun13100.0%0th
1998 Jul-Sep10932.8%76th
1998 Oct-Oct2200.0%0th
1999 Jan-Mar8100.0%0th
1999 Apr-Jun11110.9%55th
1999 Jul-Sep11210.9%47th
1999 Oct-Nov7000.0%0th
2000 Feb-Mar5100.0%0th
2000 Apr-Jun12000.0%0th
2000 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2000 Oct-Dec3800.0%0th
2001 Jan-Mar6300.0%0th
2001 Apr-Jun15700.0%0th
2001 Jul-Sep6857.4%74th
2001 Oct-Dec9211.1%48th
2002 Jan-Mar5946.8%70th
2002 Apr-Jun10732.8%83rd
2002 Jul-Sep6123.3%65th
2002 Oct-Nov2600.0%0th
2003 Jan-Mar11200.0%0th
2003 Apr-Jun15021.3%46th
2003 Jul-Sep10810.9%41st
2003 Oct-Nov8900.0%0th
2004 Jan-Mar6400.0%0th
2004 Apr-Jun8822.3%70th
2004 Jul-Sep4200.0%0th
2004 Oct-Dec2200.0%0th
2005 Jan-Mar8111.2%63rd
2005 Apr-Jun8900.0%0th
2005 Jul-Sep7667.9%93rd
2005 Oct-Dec12000.0%0th
2006 Jan-Mar8300.0%0th
2006 Apr-Jun10721.9%48th
2006 Jul-Sep7300.0%0th
2006 Nov-Dec1600.0%0th
2007 Jan-Mar12632.4%70th
2007 Apr-Jun11276.3%88th
2007 Jul-Sep11932.5%73rd
2007 Oct-Dec8511.2%56th
2008 Jan-Mar8500.0%0th
2008 Apr-Jun7745.2%81st
2008 Jul-Sep4700.0%0th
2008 Oct-Dec600.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar11810.8%59th
2009 Apr-Jun961818.8%98th
2009 Jul-Sep8900.0%0th
2009 Oct-Dec9400.0%0th
2010 Jan-Mar10898.3%94th
2010 Apr-Jun961414.6%98th
2010 Jul-Sep4412.3%60th
2010 Nov-Dec5112.0%46th
2011 Jan-Mar4600.0%0th
2011 Apr-Jun581017.2%98th
2011 Jul-Sep4924.1%77th
2011 Oct-Dec8211.2%45th
2012 Jan-Mar6357.9%94th
2012 Apr-Jun10900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep2800.0%0th
2012 Nov-Dec5012.0%57th
2013 Jan-Jan100.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar9211.1%62nd
2013 Apr-Jun7600.0%0th
2013 Jul-Sep4300.0%0th
2013 Oct-Dec8000.0%0th
2014 Jan-Mar9333.2%79th
2014 Apr-Jun123118.9%85th
2014 Jul-Sep541935.2%96th
2014 Nov-Dec9666.3%84th
2015 Jan-Mar13510.7%52nd
2015 Apr-Jun8500.0%0th
2015 Jul-Sep5200.0%0th
2015 Oct-Dec6734.5%82nd
2016 Jan-Mar3812.6%45th
2016 Apr-Jun7911.3%45th
2016 Jul-Sep34514.7%87th
2016 Nov-Dec1200.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar10100.0%0th
2017 Apr-Jun5400.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep5300.0%0th
2017 Oct-Dec11743.4%85th
2018 Jan-Mar5012.0%56th

Primary Sources

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Pat Roberts is pronounced:

pat // RAW-berts

The letters stand for sounds according to the following table:

LetterSounds As In
A acat
AW awlaw
B bbat
ER erher
P ppen
R rrag
S ssit
T ttop

Capital letters indicate a stressed syllable.

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