United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics

The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics is a select committee of the United States Senate charged with dealing with matters related to senatorial ethics. It is also commonly referred to as the Senate Ethics Committee. Senate rules require the Ethics Committee to be evenly divided between the Democrats and the Republicans, no matter who controls the Senate, although the chairman always comes from the majority party.


The Senate Select Committee on Standards and Conduct was first convened in the 89th Congress (1965–66) and later replaced by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics in the 95th Congress (1977–78).


Pursuant to Senate Rule 25, the committee is limited to six members, and is equally divided between Democrats and Republicans. This effectively means that either party can veto any action taken by the committee.[1]

115th Congress

Members of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics,
115th Congress (2017–2018)[2]
Majority Minority
Johnny Isakson[lower-alpha 1] Georgia Chris Coons[lower-alpha 2] Delaware
Pat Roberts Kansas Brian Schatz Hawaii
Jim Risch Idaho Jeanne Shaheen New Hampshire
  1. Chair
  2. Vice Chair


List of chairs of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics
John C. Stennis DMississippi1965–1975
Howard Cannon DNevada1975–1977
Adlai Stevenson III DIllinois1977–1980
Howell Heflin DAlabama1980–1981
Malcolm Wallop RWyoming1981–1983
Ted Stevens RAlaska1983–1985
Warren Rudman RNew Hampshire1985–1987
Howell Heflin DAlabama1987–1992
Terry Sanford DNorth Carolina1992–1993
Richard Bryan DNevada1993–1995
Mitch McConnell RKentucky1995–1997
Bob Smith RNew Hampshire1997–1999
Pat Roberts RKansas1999–2001 (ended January 3)
Vacant 2001 (January 3–20)
Pat Roberts RKansas2001 (January 20 – June 6)
Harry Reid DNevada2001–2003 (started June 6, 2001)
George Voinovich ROhio2003–2007
Barbara Boxer DCalifornia2007–2015
Johnny Isakson RGeorgia2015–present

See also


  1. "U.S. Senate: Select Committee on Ethics". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  2. Straus, Jacob R. (31 January 2017). "Appendices A and B". Senate Select Committee on Ethics: A Brief History of Its Evolution and Jurisdiction (PDF) (Report). Congressional Research Service. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
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