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United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations


United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is a standing committee of the United States Senate. It is charged with leading foreign-policy legislation and debate in the Senate. The Foreign Relations Committee is generally responsible for overseeing (but not administering) and funding foreign aid programs as well as funding arms sales and training for national allies. The committee is also responsible for holding confirmation hearings for high-level positions in the Department of State. The committee has considered, debated, and reported important treaties and legislation, ranging from the purchase of Alaska in 1867 to the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. It also holds jurisdiction over all diplomatic nominations.[1] Along with the Finance and Judiciary Committees, the Foreign Relations Committee is one of the oldest in the Senate, going back to the initial creation of committees in 1816. Its sister committee in the House of Representatives is the Committee on Foreign Affairs (renamed from International Relations by the 110th Congress in January 2007).


  • Members, 113th Congress 1
  • Subcommittees 2
  • Chairmen (1816–present) 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Members, 113th Congress

Majority (Democrats) Minority (Republicans)


Damien Murphy and another official from the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee inspecting burnt down printing press of Uthayan newspaper in Jaffna on 7 December 2013 while E. Saravanapavan, the Managing Director of the newspaper explaining something to him.
Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Rand Paul (R-KY)
East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ben Cardin (D-MD) Marco Rubio (R-FL)
African Affairs Chris Coons (D-DE) Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs Tom Udall (D-NM) John McCain (R-AZ)
European Affairs Chris Murphy (D-CT) Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Tim Kaine (D-VA) Jim Risch (R-ID)
International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps Ed Markey (D-MA) John Barrasso (R-WY)

Chairmen (1816–present)

Chairman Party State Years
James Barbour Democratic Republican Virginia 1816–1818
Nathaniel Macon Democratic-Republican North Carolina 1818–1819
James Brown Democratic Republican Louisiana 1819–1820
James Barbour Democratic Republican Virginia 1820–1821
Rufus King Federalist New York 1821–1822
James Barbour Democratic Republican Virginia 1822–1825
Nathaniel Macon Democratic-Republican North Carolina 1825–1826
Nathan Sanford Democratic-Republican New York 1826–1827
Nathaniel Macon Democratic-Republican North Carolina 1827–1828
Littleton Tazewell Democratic Virginia 1828–1832
John Forsyth Democratic Georgia 1832–1833
William Wilkins Democratic Pennsylvania 1833–1834
Henry Clay Whig Kentucky 1834–1836
James Buchanan Democratic Pennsylvania 1836–1841
William C. Rives Whig Virginia 1841–1842
William S. Archer Whig Virginia 1842–1845
William Allen Democratic Ohio 1845–1846
Ambrose H. Sevier Democratic Arkansas 1846–1848
Edward A. Hannegan Democratic Indiana 1848–1849
Thomas Hart Benton Democratic Missouri 1849
William R. King Democratic Alabama 1849–1850
Henry S. Foote Democratic Mississippi 1850–1851
James M. Mason Democratic Virginia 1851–1861
Charles Sumner Republican Massachusetts 1861–1871
Simon Cameron Republican Pennsylvania 1871–1877
Hannibal Hamlin Republican Maine 1877–1879
William W. Eaton Democratic Connecticut 1879–1881
Ambrose Burnside Republican Rhode Island 1881
George F. Edmunds Republican Vermont 1881
William Windom Republican Minnesota 1881–1883
John F. Miller Republican California 1883–1886
John Sherman Republican Ohio 1886–1893
John T. Morgan Democratic Alabama 1893–1895
John Sherman Republican Ohio 1895–1897
William P. Frye Republican Maine 1897
Cushman Davis Republican Minnesota 1897–1901
Shelby M. Cullom Republican Illinois 1901–1911
Augustus O. Bacon Democratic Georgia 1913–1914
William J. Stone Democratic Missouri 1914–1918
Gilbert M. Hitchcock Democratic Nebraska 1918–1919
Henry Cabot Lodge Republican Massachusetts 1919–1924
William E. Borah Republican Idaho 1924–1933
Key Pittman Democratic Nevada 1933–1940
Walter F. George Democratic Georgia 1940–1941
Tom Connally Democratic Texas 1941–1947
Arthur H. Vandenberg Republican Michigan 1947–1949
Tom Connally Democratic Texas 1949–1953
Alexander Wiley Republican Wisconsin 1953–1955
Walter F. George Democratic Georgia 1955–1957
Theodore F. Green Democratic Rhode Island 1957–1959
J. William Fulbright Democratic Arkansas 1959–1975
John J. Sparkman Democratic Alabama 1975–1979
Frank Church Democratic Idaho 1979–1981
Charles H. Percy Republican Illinois 1981–1985
Richard Lugar Republican Indiana 1985–1987
Claiborne Pell Democratic Rhode Island 1987–1995
Jesse Helms Republican North Carolina 1995–2001
Joe Biden Democratic Delaware 2001
Jesse Helms Republican North Carolina 2001
Joe Biden Democratic Delaware 2001–2003
Richard Lugar Republican Indiana 2003–2007
Joe Biden Democratic Delaware 2007–2009
John Kerry Democratic Massachusetts 2009–2013
Bob Menendez Democratic New Jersey 2013–present


  1. ^ History of the Committee

External links

  • U.S. Senate Committee of Foreign Relations Official Website
  • U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) Page for the Committee of Foreign Relations
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee member profiles collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
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