United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

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The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration (also called the Senate Rules Committee) is responsible for the rules of the United States Senate, administration of congressional buildings, and with credentials and qualifications of members of the Senate, including responsibility for dealing with contested elections.

The committee is not as powerful as its House counterpart, the House Committee on Rules as it does not set the terms of debate for individual legislative proposals, since the Senate has a tradition of open debate.

Some members of the committee are also ex officio members of the Joint Committee on Printing.


The Committee was first created as the Select Committee to Revise the Rules of the Senate on December 3, 1867. On December 9, 1874, it became a standing committee.

On January 2, 1947, its name was changed to the Committee on Rules and Administration, and it took over the functions of the following committees:

Members, 116th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Members, 115th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Source: "U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration". Senate rules committee website. Retrieved April 11, 2018.

Historical membership[edit]

Members, 114th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Source: 2013 Congressional Record, Vol. 159, Page S296 to 297


Select Committee to Revise the Rules of the Senate, 1867–1874[edit]

Committee on Rules, 1874–1947[edit]

Committee on Rules and Administration, 1947–present[edit]


  1. ^ a b Angus King is an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.


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  2. ^ "Blunt to chair US Senate rules committee". Ksdk.com. January 9, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.

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