United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

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The United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) generally considers matters relating to these issues. Its jurisdiction extends beyond these issues to include several more specific areas, as defined by Senate rules.

Jurisdictional areas[edit]

Members, 114th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Source:[citation needed]

Subcommittees[edit]

Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Children and Families Rand Paul (R-KY) Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
Employment and Workplace Safety Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Al Franken (D-MN)
Primary Health and Retirement Security Mike Enzi (R-WY) Bernie Sanders (I-VT)[1]

Historical members[edit]

Members, 110th Congress[edit]

Majority
  Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts, Chairman
  Chris Dodd, Connecticut, Vice Chairman
  Tom Harkin, Iowa
  Barbara Mikulski, Maryland
  Jeff Bingaman, New Mexico
  Patty Murray, Washington
  Jack Reed, Rhode Island
  Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York
  Bernie Sanders, Vermont[1]
  Sherrod Brown, Ohio
  Barack Obama, Illinois, until November 2008
Minority
  Mike Enzi, Wyoming, Ranking Minority Member
  Judd Gregg, New Hampshire
  Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
  Richard Burr, North Carolina
  Johnny Isakson, Georgia
  Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
  Orrin Hatch, Utah
  Pat Roberts, Kansas
  Wayne Allard, Colorado
  Tom Coburn, Oklahoma
Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Children and Families Chris Dodd (D-CT) Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Patty Murray (D-WA) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Richard Burr (R-NC)

Members, 111th Congress[edit]

The Committee was chaired by Democrat Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts until his death on August 25, 2009. Under seniority rules, Acting Chairman Christopher Dodd was next in line, but chose instead to remain chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.[2] Tom Harkin, next in line for seniority, assumed the chairmanship on September 9, 2009, vacating his post as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.[3]

Majority Minority

Source: 2010 Congressional Record, Vol. 156, Page S6226 ,

Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Children and Families Chris Dodd (D-CT) Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Patty Murray (D-WA) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Richard Burr (R-NC)

Members, 112th Congress[edit]

The chairman of the committee is Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa, and the Ranking Member is Republican Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

Majority Minority

Source: 2011 Congressional Record, Vol. 157, Page S557

Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Children and Families Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Richard Burr (R-NC)
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Patty Murray (D-WA) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Bernie Sanders (I-VT)[1] Rand Paul (R-KY)

Members, 113th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

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

Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Children and Families Kay Hagan (D-NC) Michael Enzi (R-WY)
Employment and Workplace Safety Bob Casey (D-PA) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Primary Health and Aging Bernie Sanders (I-VT)[1] Richard Burr (R-NC)

Defunct subcommittees[edit]

The committee has had other subcommittees in the past, such as:

  • the Subcommittee on Migratory Labor during the 1950s through 1970s.
  • the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research during the 1970s.
  • the Subcommittee Investigating Violations of Free Speech and the Rights of Labor, informally known as the "La Follette Civil Liberties Committee"

Chairmen[edit]

Education 1869–1870[edit]

Education and Labor, 1870 – 1947[edit]

Labor and Public Welfare, 1947–1977[edit]

Human Resources, 1977–1979[edit]

Labor and Human Resources, 1979–1999[edit]

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, 1999–present[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Sanders is an Independent, but caucuses with the Democrats and counts as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments.
  2. ^ Paul Kane, Ben Pershing. "Dodd Decides Against Taking Over Senate Health Committee". Washington Post. 
  3. ^ "Life after Ted Kennedy: all eyes on Chris Dodd - politico.com". Retrieved February 19, 2010. 

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