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List of 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 operating in the United States Senate. Senators can be a member of more than one committee.

Standing committees

As of 2017, there are 88 subsidiary bodies of the US Senate: 16 standing committees with 67 subcommittees, and five non-standing committees.

Committee Chair Ranking Member Refs
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) John Boozman (R-AR) [1][2]
Commodities, Risk Management and Trade Raphael Warnock (D-GA) John Hoeven (R-ND) [3]
Conservation, Climate, Forestry and Natural Resources Michael Bennet (D-CO) Roger Marshall (R-KS)
Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics and Research Cory Booker (D-NJ) Mike Braun (R-IN)
Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems and Food Safety and Security Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
Rural Development and Energy Tina Smith (D-MN) Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Appropriations Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Richard Shelby (R-AL) [1][2]
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) John Hoeven (R-ND) [4]
Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Defense Jon Tester (D-MT) Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Energy and Water Development Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) John Kennedy (R-LA)
Financial Services and General Government Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
Homeland Security Chris Murphy (D-CT) Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Patty Murray (D-WA) Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Legislative Branch Jack Reed (D-RI) Mike Braun (R-IN)
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Martin Heinrich (D-NM) John Boozman (R-AR)
State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Chris Coons (D-DE) Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Brian Schatz (D-HI) Susan Collins (R-ME)
Armed Services Jack Reed (D-RI) Jim Inhofe (R-OK) [1][2]
Airland Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Tom Cotton (R-AR) [5]
Cybersecurity Joe Manchin (D-WV) Mike Rounds (R-SD)
Emerging Threats and Capabilities Mark Kelly (D-AZ) Joni Ernst (R-IA)
Personnel Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Readiness and Management Support Tim Kaine (D-VA) Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Seapower Mazie Hirono (D-HI) Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Strategic Forces Angus King (I-ME) Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Pat Toomey (R-PA) [1][2]
Economic Policy Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) John Kennedy (R-LA) [6]
Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Raphael Warnock (D-GA) Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Housing, Transportation and Community Development Tina Smith (D-MN) Mike Rounds (R-SD)
National Security and International Trade and Finance Mark Warner (D-VA) Bill Hagerty (R-TN)
Securities, Insurance and Investment Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Tim Scott (R-SC)
Budget Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [1][2]
Commerce, Science and Transportation Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Roger Wicker (R-MS) [1][2]
Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Ted Cruz (R-TX) [7]
Communications, Media and Broadband Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) John Thune (R-SD)
Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change and Manufacturing Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Space and Science John Hickenlooper (D-CO) Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports Gary Peters (D-MI) Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Tourism, Trade and Export Promotion Jacky Rosen (D-NV) Rick Scott (R-FL)
Energy and Natural Resources Joe Manchin (D-WV) John Barrasso (R-WY) [1][2]
Energy Mazie Hirono (D-HI) John Hoeven (R-ND) [8]
National Parks Angus King (I-ME) Steve Daines (R-MT)
Public Lands, Forests and Mining Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) Mike Lee (R-UT)
Water and Power Ron Wyden (D-OR) Cindy Hyde-Smith (D-MS)
Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE) Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) [1][2]
Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice and Regulatory Oversight Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Roger Wicker (R-MS) [9]
Clean Air, Climate and Nuclear Safety Ed Markey (D-MA) Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)
Transportation and Infrastructure Ben Cardin (D-MD) Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Finance Ron Wyden (D-OR) Mike Crapo (R-ID) [1][2]
Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Michael Bennet (D-CO) James Lankford (R-OK) [10]
Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Health Care Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Steve Daines (R-MT)
International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness Tom Carper (D-DE) John Cornyn (R-TX)
Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Todd Young (R-IN)
Taxation and IRS Oversight Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) John Thune (R-SD)
Foreign Relations Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Jim Risch (R-ID) [1][2]
Africa and Global Health Policy Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Mike Rounds (R-SD) [11]
East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy Ed Markey (D-MA) Mitt Romney (R-UT)
Europe and Regional Security Cooperation Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions and International Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy Chris Coons (D-DE) Rob Portman (R-OH)
Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism Chris Murphy (D-CT) Todd Young (R-IN)
State Department and USAID Management, International Operations and Bilateral International Development Ben Cardin (D-MD) Bill Hagerty (R-TN)
Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women's Issues Tim Kaine (D-VA) Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Patty Murray (D-WA) Richard Burr (R-NC) [1][2]
Children and Families Bob Casey (D-PA) Bill Cassidy (R-LA) [12]
Employment and Workplace Safety John Hickenlooper (D-CO) Mike Braun (R-IN)
Primary Health and Retirement Security Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Susan Collins (R-ME)
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Gary Peters (D-MI) Rob Portman (R-OH) [1][2]
Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Maggie Hassan (D-NH) Rand Paul (R-KY) [13]
Government Operations and Border Management Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) James Lankford (R-OK)
Investigations (Permanent) Jon Ossoff (D-GA) Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Judiciary Dick Durbin (D-IL) Chuck Grassley (R-IA) [1][2]
Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Mike Lee (R-UT) [14]
The Constitution Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Crime and Terrorism Cory Booker (D-NJ) Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action and Federal Rights Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) John Kennedy (R-LA)
Human Rights and the Law Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Josh Hawley (R-MO)
Immigration, Citizenship and Border Safety Alex Padilla (D-CA) John Cornyn (R-TX)
Intellectual Property Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Thom Tillis (R-NC)
Privacy, Technology and the Law Chris Coons (D-DE) Ben Sasse (R-NE)
Rules and Administration Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Roy Blunt (R-MO) [1][2]
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ben Cardin (D-MD) Rand Paul (R-KY) [1][2]
Veterans' Affairs Jon Tester (D-MT) Jerry Moran (R-KS) [1][2]

Non-standing committees

There are five non-standing, select, or special committees, which are treated similarly to standing committees.[15]

Committee Chair Ranking Member Refs
Aging (Special) Bob Casey (D-PA) Tim Scott (R-SC) [1][2]
Ethics (Select) Chris Coons (D-DE) James Lankford (R-OK) [1][2]
Indian Affairs (Permanent Select) Brian Schatz (D-HI) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) [1][2]
Intelligence (Select) Mark Warner (D-VA) Marco Rubio (R-FL) [1][2]
International Narcotics Control (Permanent Caucus) Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) John Cornyn (R-TX) [16]

Committee classes

Senate committees are divided, according to relative importance, into three categories: Class A, Class B, and Class C. In general, individual Senators are 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.[17]

Standing committees

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: 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

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 Select Committee on Indian Affairs and the Select Committee on Ethics.[citation needed]

Joint committees

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.

See also


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Senate Republican Leader McConnell Announces Senate Republican Committee Assignments for the 117th Congress". Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "Subcommittee rosters". United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. February 4, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  4. ^ Leahy, Patrick; Shelby, Richard (February 12, 2021). "Leahy, Shelby Announce Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Rosters And Leadership For The 117th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  5. ^ Reed, Jack; Inhofe, Jim (February 16, 2021). "Reed & Inhofe Announce SASC Subcommittee Leadership for 117th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  6. ^ Brown, Sherrod; Toomey, Pat (March 1, 2021). "Chairman Brown and Ranking Member Toomey Announce Banking Subcommittee Assignments for the 117th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  7. ^ "Subcommittees of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for the 117th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  8. ^ Manchin, Joe; Barrasso, John (March 1, 2021). "ENR Committee releases Subcommittee Rosters and Leadership for the 117th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  9. ^ Carper, Tom; Capito, Shelley Moore (March 2, 2021). "Carper, Capito Announce EPW Subcommittee Assignments for the 117th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  10. ^ Wyden, Ron; Crapo, Mike (February 28, 2021). "Subcommittees for the Senate Finance committee for the 117th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Finance. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  11. ^ "Membership and Jurisdiction of Subcommittees". United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  12. ^ Murray, Patty (March 2, 2021). "Senator Murray Announces HELP Subcommittee Assignments". United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  13. ^ Peters, Gary; Portman, Rob (February 23, 2021). "Johnson, Peters Announce Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Membership". United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  14. ^ Durbin, Dick; Grassley, Chuck (March 1, 2021). "Senate Judiciary Committee Announces Subcommittee Assignments for the 117th Congress". United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  15. ^ "Committees Home". United States Senate, at Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  16. ^ Cornyn, John (January 22, 2019). "Cornyn, Feinstein Appointed Chairs of Senate Narcotics Control Caucus". Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  17. ^ "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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