Pat Roberts, Senate colleagues reflect on the Kansas congressman’s career

Hosted By: Noah Taborda - December 14, 2020


After nearly 40 years as a congressman, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts announced early last year he would not pursue reelection in 2020. Capping off the longest tenure of any Kansan in the nation’s capital Sen. Pat Roberts delivered a final speech on the Senate floor Thursday.

In what he dubbed his “adios amigos” speech, Roberts reflected on his path to politics, time spent as chair of the agriculture committee in both the House and Senate and the value of bipartisan efforts in passing meaningful legislation.

“I have done my best to improve the lives of Kansans and all Americans for decades, to accomplish big and small things so that this generation and future generations might live and achieve the American dream,” Roberts said.

Join us as we look back on Roberts career through his final speech and parting words from some of his closest colleagues – like fellow Kansas U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and Michigan U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Read more about Roberts’ path to politics, his time in D.C. and his hopes for the future.


Noah Taborda

reporter, Kansas Reflector