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Encyclopedia > U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary

The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary (informally Senate Judiciary Committee) is a standing committee of the United States Senate, the upper house of the United States Congress. The Judiciary Committee is charged with conducting hearings prior to the Congressional confirmation (or lack thereof) of U.S. Supreme Court justices, court of appeals judges, and district court judges. In recent years, this role has made the committee increasingly a point of contention, with numerous party-line votes and standoffs over which judges should be approved. A standing committee is a subunit of a political or deliberative body established in a permanent fashion to aid the parent assembly in accomplishing its duties, usually by provided focused attention on one particular subject matter. ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Congress in Joint Session. ... The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... A political party is a political organization that subscribes to a certain ideology and seeks to attain political power within a government. ...


The committee, along with the Finance and Foreign Relations committees, is among the oldest in the Senate, having been initially created in 1816. The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance (or, less formally, Senate Finance Committee) is a standing committee of the United States Senate. ... U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is a standing committee of the United States Senate. ... 1816 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...

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Members, 109th Congress

The Committee is chaired by Republican Arlen Specter from Pennsylvania. The Ranking Minority Member is Democrat Patrick Leahy from Vermont. The 109th United States Congress is the current meeting of the United States legislature, comprised of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Arlen Specter (born February 12, 1930) is a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. ... State nickname: The Keystone State Official languages None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell (D) Senators Arlen Specter (R) Rick Santorum (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 2. ... Ranking member, in American politics, is a term used to refer to the member of a committee in Congress who is the longest-serving member of the party not in the majority (the longest-serving member of the majority is the chairman). ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Patrick Joseph Leahy (born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont. ... State nickname: The Green Mountain State Official languages None Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Governor Jim Douglas (R) Senators Patrick Leahy (D) Jim Jeffords (I) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 43th 24,923 km² 3. ...


Republicans

Name State
     Arlen Specter, Chairman Pennsylvania
     Orrin Hatch Utah
     Charles Grassley Iowa
     Jon Kyl Arizona
     Mike DeWine Ohio
     Jeff Sessions Alabama
     Lindsey Graham South Carolina
     John Cornyn Texas
     Sam Brownback Kansas
     Tom Coburn Oklahoma

Arlen Specter (born February 12, 1930) is a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. ... State nickname: The Keystone State Official languages None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell (D) Senators Arlen Specter (R) Rick Santorum (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 2. ... Orrin Grant Hatch (born March 22, 1934 in Pittsburgh) is a five-term Republican United States Senator, from Utah. ... Utah is one of the Four Corners states, and is bordered by: Idaho (at 42°N) and Wyoming (at 41°N and 111°W) in the north, by Colorado (at 109°W) in the east, at a single point by New Mexico to the southeast (at the Four Corners Monument... Charles Ernest Chuck Grassley (born September 17, 1933) is the senior United States Senator from Iowa. ... State nickname: The Hawkeye State Official languages English Capital Des Moines Largest city Des Moines Governor Thomas Vilsack (D) Senators Chuck Grassley (R) Tom Harkin (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 26th 145,743 km² 0. ... This page is about the current Arizona Senator; for his father, a U.S. Representative from Iowa, see John Kyl; for an unrelated U.S. Representative from Mississippi, see John Kyle. ... State nickname: The Grand Canyon State, The Copper State Official languages English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Governor Janet Napolitano (D) Senators John McCain (R) Jon Kyl (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 6th 295,254 km² 0. ... Richard Michael Mike DeWine (born January 5, 1947) is an American politician from Ohio. ... State nickname: The Buckeye State Official languages None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus (largest metropolitan area is Cleveland) Governor Bob Taft (R) Senators Mike DeWine (R) George V. Voinovich (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 34th 116,096 km² 8. ... Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. ... State nickname: Camellia State, The Heart of Dixie¹, Yellowhammer State Official languages English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Governor Bob Riley (R) Senators Richard Shelby (R) Jeff Sessions (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 30th 52,423 mi²/135,775 km² 3. ... Lindsey Olin Graham (born July 9, 1955) is an American politician from South Carolina. ... State nickname: Palmetto State Official languages English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Governor Mark Sanford (R) Senators Lindsey Graham (R) Jim DeMint (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 40th 82,965 km² 6 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 26th 4,012,012 51. ... John Cornyn III (born February 2, 1952) is the junior United States Senator from Texas. ... ... Samuel Dale Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is a Senator from Kansas. ... State nickname: The Sunflower State Official languages None Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) Senators Sam Brownback (R) Pat Roberts (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 15th 82,277 mi²; 213,096 km² 0. ... Thomas Allen Coburn, M.D. (March 14, 1948) is a medical doctor and U.S. Senator from the state of Oklahoma. ... Oklahoma is a state in the southern United States, lying mostly in the lower Great Plains, and its U.S. postal abbreviation is OK; others abbreviate the states name Okla. ...

Democrats

Name State
     Patrick J. Leahy, Ranking Minority Member Vermont
     Edward Kennedy Massachusetts
     Joseph R. Biden Jr Delaware
     Herb Kohl Wisconsin
     Dianne Feinstein California
     Russ Feingold Wisconsin
     Chuck Schumer New York
     Richard Durbin Illinois

Patrick Joseph Leahy (born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont. ... State nickname: The Green Mountain State Official languages None Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Governor Jim Douglas (R) Senators Patrick Leahy (D) Jim Jeffords (I) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 43th 24,923 km² 3. ... Edward Kennedy Edward Moore Ted Kennedy, (born February 22, 1932, in Brookline, Massachusetts) is a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts. ... State nickname: Bay State Official languages English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney (R) Senators Edward Kennedy (D), John Kerry (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 44th 27,360 km² 25. ... Joseph Robinette Joe Biden, Jr. ... State nickname: The First State Official languages None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Governor Ruth Ann Minner (D) Senators Joseph R. Biden, Jr. ... This article refers to Sen. ... State nickname: Badger State Official languages None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle (D) Senators Herb Kohl (D) Russ Feingold (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 23rd 169,790 km² 17 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 18th 5,453,896 38. ... Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (born June 22, 1933) is a Democratic U.S. Senator from California, a position she has held since 1992. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ... Russell Dana Feingold (born March 2, 1953) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... State nickname: Badger State Official languages None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle (D) Senators Herb Kohl (D) Russ Feingold (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 23rd 169,790 km² 17 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 18th 5,453,896 38. ... Charles Ellis Chuck Schumer (born November 23, 1950) is the senior Senator from the state of New York and a member of the Democratic Party. ... State nickname: The Empire State Official languages English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Clinton (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 13. ... Richard Joseph Dick Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is a Democratic American politician. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Official languages English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Senators Richard Durbin (D) Barack Obama (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 25th 149,998 km² 4. ...

Subcommittees

Jurisdiction Membership Republican Members Jeff Sessions, AL (Chairman) Arlen Specter, PA Charles Grassley, IA John Kyl, AZ Democratic Members Charles Schumer, NY (Ranking Member) Dianne Feinstein, CA Russell Feingold, WI Senior Subcommittee Staff William Smith, Majority Chief Counsel Preet Bharara, Democratic Chief Counsel Contact Information U.S. Senate Committee on... Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (born December 24, 1946) is the junior United States Senator from Alabama. ... State nickname: Camellia State, The Heart of Dixie¹, Yellowhammer State Official languages English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Governor Bob Riley (R) Senators Richard Shelby (R) Jeff Sessions (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 30th 52,423 mi²/135,775 km² 3. ... Charles Ellis Chuck Schumer (born November 23, 1950) is the senior Senator from the state of New York and a member of the Democratic Party. ... State nickname: The Empire State Official languages English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Clinton (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 13. ... Jurisdiction Membership Republican Members R. Michael DeWine, OH (Chairman) Arlen Specter, PA Orrin Hatch, UT Charles Grassley, IA Lindsey Graham, SC Sam Brownback, KS Democratic Members Herbert Kohl, WI (Ranking Member) Patrick Leahy, VT Joe Biden, DE Russell Feingold, WI Charles Schumer, NY Senior Subcommittee Staff Peter Levitas, Majority Chief... Richard Michael Mike DeWine (born January 5, 1947) is an American politician from Ohio. ... State nickname: The Buckeye State Official languages None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus (largest metropolitan area is Cleveland) Governor Bob Taft (R) Senators Mike DeWine (R) George V. Voinovich (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 34th 116,096 km² 8. ... Herbert H. Kohl (born February 7, 1935) is an American politician and the senior senator from the state of Wisconsin. ... State nickname: Badger State Official languages None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle (D) Senators Herb Kohl (D) Russ Feingold (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 23rd 169,790 km² 17 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 18th 5,453,896 38. ... // Jurisdiction Membership Republican Members Sam Brownback, KS (Chairman) Arlen Specter, PA Lindsey Graham, SC John Cornyn, TX Tom Coburn, OK Democratic Members Russell Feingold, WI (Ranking Member) Charles Schumer, NY Edward Kennedy, MA Dianne Feinstein, CA Richard Durbin, IL Senior Subcommittee Staff Ajit Pai, Majority Chief Counsel Robert F. Schiff... Samuel Dale Brownback (born September 12, 1956) is a Senator from Kansas. ... State nickname: The Sunflower State Official languages None Capital Topeka Largest city Wichita Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) Senators Sam Brownback (R) Pat Roberts (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 15th 82,277 mi²; 213,096 km² 0. ... Russell Dana Feingold (born March 2, 1953) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... State nickname: Badger State Official languages None Capital Madison Largest city Milwaukee Governor Jim Doyle (D) Senators Herb Kohl (D) Russ Feingold (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 23rd 169,790 km² 17 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 18th 5,453,896 38. ... Jurisdiction Membership Republican Members Tom Coburn, OK (Chairman) Arlen Specter, PA Jeff Sessions, AL John Cornyn, TX Sam Brownback, KS Democratic Members Richard Durbin, IL (Ranking Member) Patrick Leahy, VT Joe Biden, DE Russell Feingold, WI Senior Subcommittee Staff Mary Chesser, Majority Chief Counsel Mark Keam, Democratic Chief Counsel Contact... Thomas Allen Coburn, M.D. (March 14, 1948) is a medical doctor and U.S. Senator from the state of Oklahoma. ... Oklahoma is a state in the southern United States, lying mostly in the lower Great Plains, and its U.S. postal abbreviation is OK; others abbreviate the states name Okla. ... Richard Joseph Dick Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is a Democratic American politician. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Official languages English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Senators Richard Durbin (D) Barack Obama (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 25th 149,998 km² 4. ... JURISDICTION MEMBERSHIP Republican Members Lindsey Graham, SC (Chairman) Charles Grassley, IA Jon Kyl, AZ Mike DeWine, OH Jeff Sessions, AL Tom Coburn, OK Democratic Members Joe Biden, DE (Ranking Member) Herbert Kohl, WI Dianne Feinstein, CA Russell Feingold, WI Charles Schumer, NY Senior Subcommittee Staff James Galyean, Majority Chief Counsel... Lindsey Olin Graham (born July 9, 1955) is an American politician from South Carolina. ... State nickname: Palmetto State Official languages English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Governor Mark Sanford (R) Senators Lindsey Graham (R) Jim DeMint (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 40th 82,965 km² 6 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 26th 4,012,012 51. ... Joseph Robinette Joe Biden, Jr. ... State nickname: The First State Official languages None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Governor Ruth Ann Minner (D) Senators Joseph R. Biden, Jr. ... JURISDICTION MEMBERSHIP Republican Members John Cornyn, TX (Chairman) Charles Grassley, IA Jon Kyl, AZ Mike DeWine, OH Jeff Sessions, AL Sam Brownback, KS Tom Coburn, OK Democratic Members Edward Kennedy, MA (Ranking Member) Joe Biden, DE Dianne Feinstein, CA Russell Feingold, WI Charles Schumer, NY Richard Durbin, IL Senior Subcommittee... John Cornyn III (born February 2, 1952) is the junior United States Senator from Texas. ... ... Edward Moore Kennedy (born February 22, 1932) is the senior U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, having served since 1963. ... State nickname: Bay State Official languages English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney (R) Senators Edward Kennedy (D), John Kerry (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 44th 27,360 km² 25. ... Jurisdiction Membership Republican Members Orrin Hatch, UT (Chairman) Jon Kyl, AZ R. Michael DeWine, OH Lindsey Graham, SC John Cornyn, TX Sam Brownback, KS Tom Coburn, OK Democratic Members Patrick Leahy, VT (Ranking Member) Edward Kennedy, MA Joe Biden, DE Dianne Feinstein, CA Herbert Kohl, WI Richard Durbin, IL Senior... Orrin Grant Hatch (born March 22, 1934 in Pittsburgh) is a five-term Republican United States Senator, from Utah. ... Utah is one of the Four Corners states, and is bordered by: Idaho (at 42°N) and Wyoming (at 41°N and 111°W) in the north, by Colorado (at 109°W) in the east, at a single point by New Mexico to the southeast (at the Four Corners Monument... Patrick Joseph Leahy (born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont. ... State nickname: The Green Mountain State Official languages None Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Governor Jim Douglas (R) Senators Patrick Leahy (D) Jim Jeffords (I) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 43th 24,923 km² 3. ... Jurisdiction Membership Republican Members Jon Kyl, AZ (Chairman) Orrin Hatch, UT Charles Grassley, IA John Cornyn, TX R. Michael DeWine, OH Jeff Sessions, AL Lindsey Graham, SC Democratic Members Dianne Feinstein, CA (Ranking Member) Edward Kennedy, MA Joe Biden, DE Herbert Kohl, WI Russell Feingold, WI Richard Durbin, IL Senior... This page is about the current Arizona Senator; for his father, a U.S. Representative from Iowa, see John Kyl; for an unrelated U.S. Representative from Mississippi, see John Kyle. ... State nickname: The Grand Canyon State, The Copper State Official languages English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Governor Janet Napolitano (D) Senators John McCain (R) Jon Kyl (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 6th 295,254 km² 0. ... Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (born June 22, 1933) is a Democratic U.S. Senator from California, a position she has held since 1992. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ...

Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, 1816-present

John Jordan Crittenden (September 10, 1786–July 26, 1863) was an American statesman. ... James Burrill, Jr. ... People William Smith (1769-1839), geologist William Smith (1728-1814), Representative for Maryland from 1789 to 1890 William Smith (1751-1837), Representative for South Carolina from 1797 to 1798 William Smith (1762-1840), Senator from South Carolina from 1815 to 1830 William Smith, Representative for Virginia from 1821 to 1824... Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862), nicknamed Old Kinderhook, was the eighth President of the United States. ... John MacPherson Berrien (August 23, 1781–January 1, 1856) of Georgia was a United States Senator and Andrew Jacksons Attorney General. ... John Rowen (July 12, 1773–July 13, 1843) was an Amercan lawyer and Jeffersonian Republican politician from Louisville, Kentucky. ... William Learned Marcy ( December 12, 1786– July 4, 1857) was an American statesman. ... William Wilkins (1779–1865) was an American politician from Pennsylvania. ... John Middleton Clayton (July 24, 1796–November 9, 1856) was an American statesman from Delaware who served as a U.S. Senator and as the U.S. Secretary of State from 1849 to 1850. ... Felix Grundy (September 11, 1777–December 19, 1840) was a U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator from Tennessee who also served as the 13th Attorney General of the United States. ... John MacPherson Berrien (August 23, 1781–January 1, 1856) of Georgia was a United States Senator and Andrew Jacksons Attorney General. ... Chester Ashley (1791-1848) was an American politician who represented Arkansas in the U.S. Senate from 1844 until his death. ... Lyman Trumbull was the United States Senator from Illinois during the American Civil War Categories: American politician stubs ... Categories: Stub | 1828 births | 1919 deaths | United States Senators ... Allen Granberry Thurman (November 13, 1813_December 12, 1895) was a Democratic Representative and Senator from Ohio. ... Categories: Stub | 1828 births | 1919 deaths | United States Senators ... George Frisbie Hoar (29 August 1826–30 September 1904) was a prominent United States politician. ... George Frisbie Hoar (29 August 1826–30 September 1904) was a prominent United States politician. ... Clarence D. Clark (April 16, 1851—November 18, 1930) was a teacher, lawyer, and politician from New York who participated in the constitutional convention for Wyomings statehood and was one of that states first congressmen. ... Charles Allen Culberson (June 10, 1855–March 19, 1925) was a U.S. political figure. ... Knute Nelson Knute Nelson (February 2, 1843–April 28, 1923) was an American politician. ... Frank Bosworth Brandegee (July 8, 1864 - 1924) was a United States Representative and Senator from Connecticut, born in New London. ... Categories: Stub | 1850 births | 1926 deaths | Governors of Iowa | United States Senators ... George William Norris (July 11, 1861 - September 2, 1944) was a U.S. political figure. ... Henry F. Ashurst Henry Fountain Ashurst (September 13, 1874–May 31, 1962), a democrat, was the first Senator from Arizona, from 1912 to 1941. ... Pat McCarran Patrick Anthony McCarran (August 8, 1876 – September 28, 1954) was a Nevada senator for 22 years and noted for his strong anti-Communist stance. ... Alexander Wiley (May 26, 1884 - May 26, 1967) was a member of the Republican Party who served four terms in the United States Senate for the state of Wisconsin from 1939 to 1963. ... Pat McCarran Patrick Anthony McCarran (August 8, 1876 – September 28, 1954) was a Nevada senator for 22 years and noted for his strong anti-Communist stance. ... William Wild Bill Langer (September 30, 1886–November 8, 1959) was a prominent American politician from North Dakota. ... U.S. Senator, born in Brown, West Virginia. ... James Oliver Eastland (November 28, 1904–February 19, 1986) was an American politician from Mississippi who served in the U.S. Senate briefly in 1941 and again from 1943 to 1978. ... Edward Kennedy Edward Moore Ted Kennedy, (born February 22, 1932, in Brookline, Massachusetts) is a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts. ... James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) represented South Carolina in the United States Senate from 1954 to April 1956 and November 1956 to 1964 as a Democrat and from 1964 to 2003 as a Republican. ... Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. ... Orrin Grant Hatch (March 22, 1934) is a five-term Republican United States Senator, from Utah. ... Patrick Joseph Leahy (born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont. ... Orrin Grant Hatch (March 22, 1934) is a five-term Republican United States Senator, from Utah. ... Patrick Joseph Leahy (born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont. ... Orrin Grant Hatch (March 22, 1934) is a five-term Republican United States Senator, from Utah. ... Arlen Specter (born February 12, 1930) is a United States Senator from Pennsylvania. ...

External link

  • United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Official Website

See also

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