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List of current United States Senate committees

The Senate Committee on Budget (ca. 1997-2001).

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 1
  • Special, select, and other committees of the U.S. Senate 2
  • Committee classes 3
    • Standing committees 3.1
    • Other, select and special committees 3.2
    • Joint committees 3.3
    • Jurisdiction 3.4
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Standing committees

As of 2013, there are 92 senate committees, 16 standing committees with 72 subcommittees and 4 non-standing committees .
Committee Chairperson Ranking Member
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (5) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management Joe Donnelly (D-IN) Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources Michael Bennet (D-CO) John Boozman (R-AR)
Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural Research Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) John Hoeven (R-ND)
Appropriations (12) Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Mark Pryor (D-AR) Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Defense Dick Durbin (D-IL) Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Energy and Water Development Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Financial Services and General Government Richard Durbin (D-IL) Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Homeland Security Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Dan Coats (R-IN)
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Jack Reed (D-RI) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Tom Harkin (D-IA) Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Legislative Branch Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) John Hoeven (R-ND)
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Tim Johnson (D-SD) Mark Kirk (R-IL)
State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Patty Murray (D-WA) Susan Collins (R-ME)
Armed Services (6) Carl Levin (D-MI) Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Airland Joe Manchin (D-WV) Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Emerging Threats and Capabilities Kay Hagan (D-NC) Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Personnel Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Readiness and Management Support Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
SeaPower Jack Reed (D-RI) John McCain (R-AZ)
Strategic Forces Mark Udall (D-CO) Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (5) Tim Johnson (D-SD) Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Economic Policy Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Dean Heller (R-NV)
Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Securities, Insurance, and Investment Jon Tester (D-MT) Mike Johanns (R-NE)
National Security and International Trade and Finance Mark Warner (D-VA) Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Budget Patty Murray (D-WA) Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Commerce, Science, and Transportation (7) Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) John Thune (R-SD)
Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Communications, Technology, and the Internet Mark Pryor (D-AR) Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Tim Scott (R-SC)
Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Dean Heller (R-NV)
Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Mark Begich (D-AK) Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Science and Space Bill Nelson (D-FL) Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Energy and Natural Resources (4) Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Energy Al Franken (D-MN) Jim Risch (R-ID)
National Parks Mark Udall (D-CO) Rob Portman (R-OH)
Public Lands, Forests and Mining Joe Manchin (D-WV) John Barrasso (R-WY)
Water and Power Brian Schatz (D-HI) Mike Lee (R-UT)
Environment and Public Works (6) Barbara Boxer (D-CA) David Vitter (R-LA)
Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Tom Carper (D-DE) Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Green Jobs and the New Economy Jeff Merkley (D-OR) Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Oversight Cory Booker (D-NJ) Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health Tom Udall (D-NM) Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Transportation and Infrastructure Max Baucus (D-MT) John Barrasso (R-WY)
Water and Wildlife Ben Cardin (D-MD) John Boozman (R-AK)
Finance (6) Ron Wyden (D-OR) Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) John Cornyn (R-TX)
Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) Rob Portman (R-OH)
Health Care Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) Pat Roberts (R-KS)
International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness Ron Wyden (D-OR) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Taxation and IRS Oversight Michael Bennet (D-CO) Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Foreign Relations (7) Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Bob Corker (R-TN)
Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs Tom Udall (D-NM) John McCain (R-AZ)
Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Tim Kaine (D-VA) Jim Risch (R-ID)
African Affairs Chris Coons (D-DE) Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ben Cardin (D-MD) Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Rand Paul (R-KY)
European Affairs Chris Murphy (D-CT) Ron Johnson (R-WI)
International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps Ed Markey (D-MA) John Barrasso (R-WY)
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (3) Tom Harkin (D-IA) Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Subcommittee on Children and Families Kay Hagan (D-NC) Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Bob Casey (D-PA) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Richard Burr (R-NC)
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (4) Tom Carper (D-DE) Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Investigations (Permanent) Carl Levin (D-MI) John McCain (R-AZ)
Financial and Contracting Oversight Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce Jon Tester (D-MT) Rob Portman (R-OH)
Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia Mark Begich (D-AK) Rand Paul (R-KY)
Judiciary (7) Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Mike Lee (R-UT)
Bankruptcy and the Courts Chris Coons (D-DE) Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights Dick Durbin (D-IL) Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Crime and Terrorism Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Immigration, Refugees and Border Security Chuck Schumer (D-NY) John Cornyn (R-TX)
Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Activities Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Privacy, Technology and the Law Al Franken (D-MN) Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Rules and Administration Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Jim Risch (R-ID)
Veterans' Affairs Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Richard Burr (R-NC)

Special, select, and other committees of the U.S. Senate

There are four non-standing, select, or special committees, which are treated similarly to standing committees.[1]

Committee Chair Vice Chairman
Indian Affairs Jon Tester (D-MT) John Barrasso (R-WY)
Select Committee on Ethics Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Select Committee on Intelligence Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Special Committee on Aging Bill Nelson (D-FL) Susan Collins (R-ME)
International Narcotics Control Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

Committee classes

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

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.

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 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.


  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". CRS Report for Congress. Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 

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