United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

The United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) generally considers matters relating to health, education, labor, and pensions. Its jurisdiction extends beyond these issues to include several more specific areas, as defined by Senate rules.

Contents

Jurisdictional areas

Members, 112th Congress

The chairman of the committee is Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa, and the Ranking Member is Republican Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

Majority Minority

Source: 2011 Congressional Record, Vol. 157, Page S557

Subcommittees

Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Children and Families Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Richard Burr (R-NC)
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Patty Murray (D-WA) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Rand Paul (R-KY)

Defunct subcommittees

The committee has had other notable subcommittees in the past, such as:

  • the Subcommittee on Migratory Labor during the 1950s through 1970s.
  • the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research during the 1970s.

Chairmen

Education 1869–1870

  • Kari M. Knutson (R-MO) 1869–1870

Education and Labor, 1884–1947

Labor and Public Welfare, 1947–1977

  • Robert A. Taft (R-OH) 1947–1949
  • Elbert D. Thomas (D-UT) 1949–1951
  • James E. Murray (D-MT) 1951–1953
  • H. Alexander Smith (R-NJ) 1953–1955
  • Lister Hill (D-AL) 1955–1969
  • Ralph Yarborough (D-TX) 1969–1971
  • Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (D-NJ) 1971–1977

Human Resources, 1977–1979

  • Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (D-NJ) 1977–1979

Labor and Human Resources, 1979–1999

  • Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (D-NJ) 1979–1981
  • Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) 1981–1987
  • Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) 1987–1995
  • Nancy Kassebaum (R-KS) 1995–1997
  • James M. Jeffords (R-VT) 1997–1999

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, 1999–present

  • James M. Jeffords (R-VT) 1999–2001
  • Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) 2001
  • James M. Jeffords (R-VT) 2001
  • Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) 2001–2003
  • Judd Gregg (R-NH) 2003–2005
  • Michael Enzi (R-WY) 2005–2007
  • Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) 2007–2009
  • Tom Harkin (D-IA) 2009–present

See also

References

  1. ^ Sanders is an independent, but caucuses with the Democrats and counts as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments.

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