Ex Officio (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Ex Officio

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Literally, by virtue of one’s office. The term refers to the practice under Senate rules that allows the chairman and ranking minority member of a committee to participate in any of the subcommittees of that committee, but generally not to vote.

See Senate Rule XXV, paragraph 4b)(3): “(3) Notwithstanding subparagraphs (1) and (2), a Senator serving as chairman or ranking minority member of a standing, select, or special committee of the Senate or joint committee of the Congress may serve ex officio, without vote, as a member of any subcommittee of such committee or joint committee.”

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