Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, has unveiled his official portrait to be displayed in the committee’s hearing room. Roberts’ wife, Franki, pulled the cord on the curtains Nov. 18 to reveal the portrait. Roberts has served as committee chairman during the 114th, 115th, and 116th Congresses.
“When I assumed the gavel as the chairman nearly six years ago, I noted that this committee has a long history of caring more about the issues than the ideology. More about the people than the party,” Roberts said. “It is in this spirit of service that I sought to guide our committee’s work with three principles in mind.
“The first was that our committee be the platform for America’s farmers, ranchers, small businesses, rural communities, schoolchildren and the hungry, to raise their concerns. Too often, we’ve heard from constituents that they feel ‘ruled’ and not ‘governed.’
“Second, this committee would conduct thorough and vigorous oversight of the activities of the departments and agencies within our jurisdiction and those that impact our constituents. It is our responsibility to ensure that our government operates efficiently, effectively and in a responsible manner to the taxpayers. That effort has spanned multiple administrations, and we have sought to take a bipartisan approach when possible.
“Finally, this committee would conduct its legislative business in an open and transparent way that provides members opportunities to work across the aisle for the betterment of our constituents.”
The portrait was commissioned by the Kansas Historical Foundation and the Kansas Historical Society. Artist Stephen Craighead painted the Roberts portrait, which will be hung among those of other past chairmen of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The portrait unveiling event was organized in accordance with guidance from the Office of the Attending Physician and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.