List of Current United States Senate Committees
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List of Current United States Senate Committees

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

Non-standing committees

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

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.[18]

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.[]

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

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.[]

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).[]


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.


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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 Schumer, Chuck (December 13, 2018). "Schumer Announces Senate Democratic Committee Memberships for the 116th Congress". Senate Democratic Caucus. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Roberts, Pat; Stabenow, Debbie (February 7, 2019). "Senate Agriculture Committee Announces Subcommittee Assignments for 116th Congress". Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Shelby, Dick; Leahy, Pat (January 14, 2019). "Shelby, Leahy Announce Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Rosters for 116th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Inhofe, Jim; Reed, Jack (January 17, 2019). "Inhofe, Reed Announce Subcommittee Leadership, Membership". United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Crapo, Mike; Brown, Sherrod (January 18, 2019). "Chairman Crapo and Ranking Member Brown Announce Banking Subcommittee Assignments for the 116th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Wicker, Roger; Cantwell, Maria (January 24, 2019). "Wicker and Cantwell Release Subcommittee Assignments". United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Murkowski, Lisa; Manchin, Joe (February 5, 2019). "ENR Committee Ratifies Subcommittee Rosters for 116th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Barrasso, John; Carper, Tom (February 6, 2019). "Chairman Barrasso & Ranking Member Carper Announce Rosters of EPW Subcommittees". United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Grassley, Chuck; Wyden, Ron (January 31, 2019). "Grassley, Wyden Announce Expected Finance Committee Subcommittee Membership". United States Senate Committee on Finance. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Risch, Jim; Menendez, Bob (February 7, 2019). "Membership and Jurisdiction of Subcommittees" (PDF). United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Alexander, Lamar; Murray, Patty (January 16, 2019). "Alexander Announces Enzi, Isakson, Paul Will Serve as HELP Subcommittee Chairmen for the 116th Congress". United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ Johnson, Ron; Peters, Gary (January 31, 2019). "Johnson, Peters Announce Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Membership". United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ Graham, Lindsey; Feinstein, Dianne (February 7, 2019). "Senate Judiciary Committee Announces Subcommittee Assignments". United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Committees Home". United States Senate, at Retrieved 2011.
  16. ^ Benner, Katie; Fandos, Nicholas (May 14, 2020). "Richard Burr Steps Back from Senate Panel as Phone Is Seized in Stock Sales Inquiry". The New York Times. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ Cornyn, John (January 22, 2019). "Cornyn, Feinstein Appointed Chairs of Senate Narcotics Control Caucus". Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ "Committee Assignment Process in the U.S. Senate: Democratic and Republican Party Procedures" (PDF). CRS Report for Congress. Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 2011.

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