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 2015, there are 88 senate committees, 16 standing committees with 67 subcommittees and 5 non-standing committees .

Committee Chairperson Ranking Member
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Pat Roberts (R-KS) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management John Boozman (R-AR) Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources David Perdue (R-GA) Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation Joni Ernst (R-IA) Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security Ben Sasse (R-NE) Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research John Hoeven (R-ND) Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
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 Tom Cotton (R-AR) 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)
Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Tim Scott (R-SC) Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Pat Toomey (R-PA) Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
National Security and International Trade and Finance Mark Kirk (R-IL) Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Securities, Insurance, and Investment Mike Crapo (R-ID) 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, Innovation, and the Internet Roger Wicker (R-MS) Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security Jerry Moran (R-KS) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Marco Rubio (R-FL) Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Space, Science and Competitiveness Ted Cruz (R-TX) Gary Peters (D-MI)
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Deb Fischer (R-NE) Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Energy and Natural Resources Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
  Energy Jim Risch (R-ID) Joe Manchin (D-WV)
National Parks Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Public Lands, Forests and Mining John Barrasso (R-WY) Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Water and Power Mike Lee (R-UT) Mazie Hirono (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)
Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Dan Sullivan (R-AK) Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight Mike Rounds (R-SD) Ed Markey (D-MA)
Transportation and Infrastructure David Vitter (R-LA) Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Finance Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  Taxation and IRS Oversight Mike Crapo (R-ID) Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness John Cornyn (R-TX) Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth Rob Portman (R-OH) Mark Warner (D-VA)
Health Care Pat Toomey (R-PA) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Dan Coats (R-IN) Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy Dean Heller (R-NV) Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Foreign Relations Bob Corker (R-TN) Ben Cardin (D-MD)
  Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism Jim Risch (R-ID) Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women's Issues Marco Rubio (R-FL) Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Europe and Regional Security Cooperation Ron Johnson (R-WI) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Africa and Global Health Policy Jeff Flake (R-AZ) Edward Markey (D-MA)
State Department and USAID Management, International Operations and Bilateral International Development Rand Paul (R-KY) Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
East Asia, The Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy Cory Gardner (R-CO) Ben Cardin (D-MD)
International Development, Multilateral Institutions and International Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy John Barrasso (R-WY) Tom Udall (D-NM)
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Patty Murray (D-WA)
  Subcommittee on Children and Families Rand Paul (R-KY) Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Al Franken (D-MN)
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Mike Enzi (R-WY) 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)
The Constitution John Cornyn (R-TX) Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Crime and Terrorism Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Immigration and the National Interest Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts Ted Cruz (R-TX) Chris Coons (D-DE)
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) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
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 Chair
Indian Affairs John Barrasso (R-WY) Jon Tester (D-MT)
Ethics (Select) Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Intelligence (Select) Richard Burr (R-NC) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Aging (Special) 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]


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.


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

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