Congressional Leadership and Committees – 2016


Leadership and Committees of the 114th Congress, 2nd Session

The congressional leadership with photos is available as a 2-page PDF PDF and is online at

Also see


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2016 Congressional Leadership

This page with pictures is available as a 2-page PDF PDF.

For a discussion of Party Leadership, see “Committee on Committees / Party Leaders” in the Congressional Glossary, and § 5.50 Party Leadership in the Congressional Deskbook.

House of Representatives


House Leadership

Speaker of the House
Paul Ryan
(R-WI) | W
born 1970, House since 1999

(John Boehner was Speaker through 10/29/15, when Paul Ryan was elected Speaker)


Majority Minority
House Republican Cloakroom
House Democratic Cloakroom
Majority Leader
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) | W
born 1965, House since 2007
Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) | W
born 1940, House since 1987
Majority Whip
Steve Scalise (R-LA) | W
born 1965, House since 2008
Minority Whip
Steny Hoyer (D-MD) | W
born 1939, House since 1981
Republican Conference Chairwoman
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) | W
born 1969, House since 2005
Assistant Democratic Leader
James E. Clyburn (D-SC) | W
born 1940, House since 1993
House Republican Policy Committee

Luke Messer (R-IN) | W
born 1969, House since 2013

House Republican Policy Committee

Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) | W
born 1963, House since 2009

Democratic Caucus Chairman
Xavier Becerra (D-CA) | W
born 1958, House since 1993

Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman
Joseph Crowley (D-NY) | W
born 1962, House since 1999


House Committees
(Committee name = official web site | W = Wikipedia)

Alphabetical listing of House members on the House of Representatives web site




Senate Leadership

President of the Senate
Vice President Joe Biden
| W
born 1942

President Pro Tempore of the Senate
Orrin Hatch (R-UT) | W
born 1934, Senate since 1977

Majority Minority
Senate Republican Cloakroom: 202-224-8601 Senate Democratic Cloakroom: 202-224-8541
Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) | W
born 1942, Senate since 1985
Minority Leader
Harry Reid (D-NV) | W
born 1939, Senate since 1987
Majority Whip
John Cornyn (R-TX) | W
born 1952, Senate since 2002
Minority Whip
Dick Durbin (D-IL) | W
born 1944, Senate since 1997

Republican Conference

John Thune (R-SD) | W
born 1961, Senate since 2005

Democratic Policy & Communication Committee

Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) | W
born 1950, Senate since 1999

Republican Policy Committee

John Barrasso (R-WY) | W
born 1952, Senate since 2007

Democratic Conference

Patty Murray (D-WA) | W
born 1950, Senate since 1993

Republican Campaign Committee Chairman
Roger Wicker (R-MS) | W
born 1951, Senate since 2007

Republican Conference

Roy Blunt (R-MO) | W
born 1950, Senate since 2011

Democratic Policy Committee

Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) | W
born 1950, Senate since 2001

Democratic Policy Committee
Strategic Policy Advisor

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) | W
born 1949, Senate since 2013


Senate Committees
(Committee name = official web site | W = Wikipedia)

Standing Committees

Special, Select, and Other Committees

Joint Committees of Congress

Also see Wikipedia’s List of United States Senate committees

Alphabetical listing of Senators on the U.S. Senate web site.

You may also phone the United States Capitol switchboard, 202-224-3121, and an operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.


Congressional Directories

Congressional Directory

On the web, member directories are here: House, Senate.

The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (1774 – Present) is here.





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