List of current United States Senate committees

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This is a complete list of U.S. congressional committees (standing committees and select or special committees) that are currently operating in the United States Senate. Senators can be a member of more than one committee.

Standing committees[edit]

As of 2013, there are 92 senate committees, 16 standing committees with 72 subcommittees and 4 non-standing committees .

Committee Chairperson Ranking Member
  Subcommittees
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Pat Roberts (R-KS) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management TBA 1/28/2015 TBA 1/28/2015
Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources TBA 1/28/2015 TBA 1/28/2015
Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation TBA 1/28/2015 TBA 1/28/2015
Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security TBA 1/28/2015 TBA 1/28/2015
Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research TBA 1/28/2015 TBA 1/28/2015
Appropriations Thad Cochran (R-MS) Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
  Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Jerry Moran (R-KS) Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Richard Shelby (R-AL) Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Defense Thad Cochran (R-MS) Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Energy and Water Development Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Financial Services and General Government John Boozman (R-AR) Chris Coons (D-DE)
Homeland Security John Hoeven (R-ND) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Tom Udall (D-NM)
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Roy Blunt (R-MO) Patty Murray (D-WA)
Legislative Branch Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Brian Schatz, (D-HI)
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Mark Kirk (R-IL) Jon Tester (D-MT)
State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Susan Collins (R-ME) Jack Reed (D-RI)
Armed Services John McCain (R-AZ) Jack Reed (D-RI)
Airland Roger Wicker (R-MS) Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Emerging Threats and Capabilities Deb Fischer (R-NE) Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Personnel Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Readiness and Management Support Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Tim Kaine (D-VA)
SeaPower Roger Wicker (R-MS) Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Strategic Forces Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Richard Shelby (R-AL) Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  Economic Policy Dean Heller (R-NV) Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Pat Toomey (R-PA) Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Tim Scott (R-SC) Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Securities, Insurance, and Investment Mike Crapo (R-ID) Jon Tester (D-MT)
National Security and International Trade and Finance Mark Kirk (R-IL) Mark Warner (D-VA)
Budget Mike Enzi (R-WY) Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Commerce, Science, and Transportation John Thune (R-SD) Bill Nelson (D-FL)
  Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Communications, Technology, and the Internet Roger Wicker (R-MS) TBA
Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion Tim Scott (R-SC) Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Jerry Moran (R-KS) Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Marco Rubio (R-FL) TBD
Science and Space Ted Cruz (R-TX) Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Roy Fischer (R-NE) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Energy and Natural Resources Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  Energy Jim Risch (R-ID) Al Franken (D-MN)
National Parks Rob Portman (R-OH) TBD
Public Lands, Forests and Mining John Barrasso (R-WY) Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Water and Power Mike Lee (R-UT) Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Environment and Public Works Jim Inhofe (R-OK) Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) Tom Carper (D-DE)
Green Jobs and the New Economy Dan Sullivan (R-AK) Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Oversight Jim Inhofe (R-OK) Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health Mike Crapo (R-ID) Tom Udall (D-NM)
Transportation and Infrastructure David Vitter (R-LA) TBD
Water and Wildlife John Boozman (R-AK) Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Finance Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Dan Coats (R-IN) Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth Rob Portman (R-OH) Mark Warner (D-VA)
Health Care Pat Toomey (R-PA) Debbie Stabenow (R-MI)
International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness John Cornyn (R-TX) Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy Dean Heller (R-NV) Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Taxation and IRS Oversight Mike Crapo (R-ID) Bob Casey (D-PA)
Foreign Relations Bob Corker (R-TN) Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
  Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs John McCain (R-AZ) Tom Udall (D-NM)
Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Jim Risch (R-ID) Tim Kaine (D-VA)
African Affairs Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Chris Coons (D-DE)
East Asian and Pacific Affairs Marco Rubio (R-FL) Ben Cardin (D-MD)
International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues Rand Paul (R-KY) Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
European Affairs Ron Johnson (R-WI) Chris Murphy (D-CT)
International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps John Barrasso (R-WY) Ed Markey (D-MA)
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Patty Murray (D-WA)
  Subcommittee on Children and Families Mike Enzi (R-WY) TBD
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Bob Casey (D-PA)
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Richard Burr (R-NC) Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ron Johnson (R-WI) Tom Carper (D-DE)
Investigations (Permanent) Rob Portman (R-OH) Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Rand Paul (R-KY) Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management James Lankford (R-OK) Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Judiciary Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Mike Lee (R-UT) Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Bankruptcy and the Courts Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Chris Coons (D-DE)
The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Ted Cruz (R-TX) Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Crime and Terrorism Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Immigration, Refugees and Border Security John Cornyn (R-TX) Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Activities Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Privacy, Technology and the Law Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Al Franken (D-MN)
Rules and Administration Roy Blunt (R-MO) Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Small Business and Entrepreneurship David Vitter (R-LA) Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Veterans' Affairs Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Special, select, and other committees of the U.S. Senate[edit]

There are four non-standing, select, or special committees, which are treated similarly to standing committees.[1]

Committee Chair Vice Chairman
Indian Affairs John Barrasso (R-WY) Jon Tester (D-MT)
Select Committee on Ethics Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Select Committee on Intelligence Richard Burr (R-NC) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Special Committee on Aging Susan Collins (R-ME) Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
International Narcotics Control Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Committee classes[edit]

Senate committees are divided, according to relative importance, into three categories: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Individual Senators are in general limited to service on two Class A committees and one Class B committee. Assignment to Class C committees is made without reference to a member's service on any other panels.[2]

Standing committees[edit]

Standing committees are permanent bodies with specific responsibilities spelled out in the Senate's rules. Twelve of the sixteen current standing committees are Class A panels. They are Agriculture; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and Public Works; Finance; Foreign Relations; Governmental Affairs; Judiciary; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.[citation needed]

There are four Class B standing committees: Budget; Rules and Administration; Small Business; and Veterans' Affairs. There are currently no Class C standing committees.[citation needed]

Other, select and special committees[edit]

Other (i.e., Indian Affairs), select and special committees are ranked as Class B or Class C committees. They are created for clearly specified purposes. There are currently two Class B committees: the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Special Committee on Aging, and two Class C committees: the Committee on Indian Affairs and the Select Committee on Ethics.[citation needed]

Joint committees[edit]

Joint Committees are used for purposes of legislative and administrative coordination. At present there are four: the Joint Economic Committee (Class B), the Joint Committee on the Library (Class C), the Joint Committee on Printing (Class C), and the Joint Committee on Taxation (Class C).[citation needed]

Jurisdiction[edit]

Standing committees in the Senate have their jurisdiction set by three primary sources: Senate Rules, ad hoc Senate Resolutions, and Senate Resolutions related to committee funding. To see an overview of the jurisdictions of standing committees in the Senate, see Standing Rules of the United States Senate, Rule XXV.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Committees Home". United States Senate, at Senate.gov. Retrieved November 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Committee Assignment Process in the U.S. Senate: Democratic and Republican Party Procedures". CRS Report for Congress. Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 

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