Pat Roberts Hall
"We put the food on America's dinner table, so we take the responsibility of protecting the families around that table very seriously." — Senator Pat Roberts
The building that houses the BRI is named for U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts. A 1958 Kansas State University graduate, Roberts led the charge to build the institute and was instrumental in making biosecurity a priority for K-State.
"Senator Pat Roberts asked us in 1999 to consider emerging threats that might face Kansas and America," said former K-State President Jon Wefald. "K-State's food safety and security program, launched as a result, recognized the national need for additional biocontainment research facilities. With the senator's help, and investment by the state of Kansas, we now have the Biosecurity Research Institute."U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is a fourth-generation Kansan from Dodge City. He served eight terms as a congressman from the First District and is now in his fourth term as a United States Senator. As past chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and a former Marine, Roberts led the effort to improve the country's intelligence-gathering and analysis capabilities at a critical time in our nation's history. Roberts also chaired the House Agriculture Committee from 1995 to 1997. He is currently Chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee. He becomes the first member of Congress in history to have chaired both the House Agriculture Committee and now the Senate committee. Roberts was elected to Congress in 1980. He was first elected to the Senate in 1996 following the retirement of Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (Baker) and won re-election in 2014.