New Congressional Committee Leadership

January 7, 2015

pic-court-gavelThe Republican gains in the House and shift of leadership from Democratic to Republican in the Senate have ushered in a new spate of Committee chairs and ranking members. The current House Republican leadership kept their positions, while the Senate leadership will remain the same but will essentially switch positions from the 113th Congress. With the new Congress now in session, the House and Senate have finalized their committee chairs for the 114th Congress, as well. Nine new House members will wield gavels on panels next year, filling positions left open by fellow Republicans limited to three terms at the helm. The ten other House committee chairs will remain the same. A majority of the Senate committee members will change significantly next year due to either loss of reelection, retirement or switching committees.

Below are the leaders of some of the key committees with small-business issue jurisdiction:

House Committee on Small Business: Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), will assume the chairmanship while Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), will remain as ranking member. Former Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) will not be returning due to Republican term limits for chairs and ranking members.

Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) will take over the chairmanship, and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will serve as ranking member.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will move to chair and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will move to ranking member.

House Ways and Means Committee: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will assume the chairmanship and Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) will remain ranking member.

House Energy and Commerce Committee: Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) will continue as the chair and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) will assume the spot of ranking member. Former Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) retired.

House Education and Workforce Committee: Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) will remain the chairman, and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) will serve as ranking member. Former Ranking Member Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) retired.

Senate Finance Committee: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will move to chairman of the Finance Committee and the new ranking member will be Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

As the 114th Congress sets forth on conducting the business of the American people, NSBA welcomes the new lawmakers and looks forward to working with all Members of the 114th Congress on the many key issues facing America’s small-business community.