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United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

The United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs deals with oversight of United States veterans issues.


  • Members, 113th Congress 1
  • Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, 1971–present 2
  • 2007 Walter Reed Hospital oversight issue 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Members, 113th Congress

Majority Minority


Name Party State Years
  Vance Hartke Democratic Indiana 1971–1977
  Alan Cranston Democratic California 1977–1981
  Alan K. Simpson Republican Wyoming 1981–1985
  Frank Murkowski Republican Alaska 1985–1987
  Alan Cranston Democratic California 1987–1993
  Jay Rockefeller Democratic West Virginia 1993–1995
  Alan K. Simpson Republican Wyoming 1995–1997
  Arlen Specter Republican Pennsylvania 1997–2001
  Jay Rockefeller Democratic West Virginia 2001–2003
  Arlen Specter Republican Pennsylvania 2003–2005
  Larry Craig Republican Idaho 2005–2007
  Daniel Akaka Democratic Hawaii 2007–2011
  Patty Murray Democratic Washington 2011–2013
  Bernie Sanders Independent Vermont 2013–present

2007 Walter Reed Hospital oversight issue

This senate committee came under scrutiny when its oversight role over Walter Reed Army Hospital was questioned following discoveries of negligent maintenance of certain facilities. The scrutiny escalated as individual members have been questioned on their individual negligence in overseeing this veterans' hospital.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Bernie Sanders is an Independent, but caucuses with Democrats on the committee.
  2. ^ (Democratic candidate presidential debate), June 4, 2007Squabbles, no clear winnerChicago Sun Times,

External links

  • United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • Senate Veterans Affairs Committee member profiles collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
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