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U.S. Senator

Pat Roberts




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Senate Select Committee on Ethics
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the KS-Senate Class II Seat:
(Next election: 4 November 2014)

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Charles Patrick Roberts, a Republican, has been the Junior Senator for Kansas since 1996.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Roberts voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Roberts "Fixed" Iraq Intelligence

"Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush issued an order [aimed at protecting 'military security' and 'sensitive law enforcement'] to the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the State Department, and his cabinet members that severely curtailed intelligence oversight by restricting classified information to just eight members of Congress," Larisa Alexandrovna reported for The Raw Story, August 11, 2005.

"'The only Members of Congress whom you or your expressly designated officers may brief regarding classified or sensitive law enforcement information,' he writes, 'are the Speaker of the House, the House Minority Leader, the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, and the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Intelligence Committees in the House and Senate.'"

However, Alexandrovna added, "what was said to be an effort to protect the United States became a tool by which the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Pat Roberts (R-KS) ensured there was no serious investigation into how the administration fixed the intelligence that took the United States to war in Iraq or the fabricated documents used as evidence to do so."

See the The Raw Story Timeline: "Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) Helps to Fix the Intel" by Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane.

On another note, on August 3rd, 2006, Roberts criticized the White House for classifying parts of a document about the Iraqi war. The document talked about the role of Iraqi exiles. Robets believes that the Bush administration kept parts of the report secret to help support the war in Iraq and the fight against Saddam Hussein. He released the following statement:

“I have been disappointed by this administration’s unwillingness to declassify material contained in these reports, material which I believe better informs the public, but that does not — I repeat, does not — jeopardize intelligence operations, sources and methods, This Committee will not settle for anything less, Neither will the American people.”[1]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Oil Record

Pat Roberts has voted in favor of big oil companies on 100% of important oil-related bills, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq War funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and oil import reductions. [1] See below for oil money in politics.



Roberts was born April 20, 1936 inTopeka, Kansas. He earned his B.A. in journalism from Kansas State University in 1958. Roberts served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a captain from 1958-62. He was a reporter and editor for several Arizona newspapers before joining the staff of Republican Kansas Senator Frank Carlson in 1967.

Senate Career

Roberts was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1980, serving eight terms until 1997. Following the retirement of Senator Nancy Kassebaum, he was elected to the Senate in 1996 and re-elected in 2002.

In addition to his chairmanship on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Roberts is a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, chairing the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. This subcommittee oversees the military's contribution to homeland security and the efforts to prevent proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

Positions and Views

In August 2004, Roberts proposed legislation to dismantle the CIA and establish a national intelligence director with far-reaching powers, including authority over budget and personnel decisions.

As chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Roberts played a key role in investigating intelligence failures leading up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The first half of the Senate Report of Pre-war Intelligence on Iraq was released on July 9, 2004. At that time, Roberts said about the second half of the report, "It is one of my top priorities." However, after the 2004 election, he stated "To go through that exercise, it seems to me, in a post-election environment — we didn't see how we could do that and achieve any possible progress. I think everybody pretty well gets it." Critics have argued that a comparison between pre-war intelligence and the pre-war statements made by senior Bush administration officials may have been damaging to the Bush administration, and that this half of the report was halted to protect those officials.

He is known as an advocate on national security and defense, agriculture, health care, education, free and fair trade policies, and increased investment in science and technology.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Burns & McDonnell$ 101,100
Votesane PAC$ 69,000
Koch Industries$ 56,450
Blackstone Group$ 44,300
Novogradac & Co$ 38,800
Citizens for Prosperity in America Today$ 29,176
Goldman Sachs$ 26,000
DaVita HealthCare Partners$ 24,250
Select Medical Holdings$ 23,650
Alston & Bird$ 23,600
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Pat Roberts
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Oil Money in Politics

Pat Roberts has received $115,650 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $65,500 of those dollars were from industry PACS. [2] In total, Roberts has accepted $199,650 from oil companies since 2000, which makes him one of the top recipients of oil money in the United States Senate. [3] See above for oil and energy voting record.

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Founding Member, Bipartisan Caucus on Unfunded Mandates, 1994-Present
  • Founding Member, Bipartisan Rural Health Care Coalition, 1991-Present
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption
  • National Republican Congressional Committee
  • Senate Centrist Coalition

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Pat Roberts. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-4774 Fax: 202-224-3514
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District offices
  • Frank Carlson Federal Building, Room 392, 444 SE Quincy, Topeka, KS 66683
    Ph: 785-295-2745 Fax: (none entered)
  • 100 Military Plaza, PO Box 550, Dodge City, KS 67801
    Ph: 620-227-2244 Fax: (none entered)
  • 11900 College Boulevard, Suite 203, Overland Park, KS 66210
    Ph: 913-451-9343 Fax: (none entered)
  • 155 North Market Street, Suite 120, Wichita, KS 67202
    Ph: 316-263-0416 Fax: (none entered)
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