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House Standing Committee Chairs and Ranking Minority Members:
Rules Governing Selection Procedures

House Rules

House Rule X, clause 5(c)(2), adopted in 1995 limited committee (and subcommittee) chairs to three terms of consecutive service. Service for less than a full session in a Congress is disregarded. A rules change adopted on January 7, 2003, pursuant to H.Res. 5, exempted the Intelligence Committee chair from the limit. A rules change adopted on January 4, 2005, pursuant to H.Res. 5, exempted the Rules Committee chair from the limit. In 2009, the Democratic majority removed term limits from House rules. The rules adopted on January 3, 2013, reinstituted term limits for all committee chairs, but continued the exemption for the Rules Committee chair.

Republican Conference Procedures

Republican Conference rules delineate procedures for the selection of standing committee chairs and ranking minority members. The Speaker, with the Republicans in the majority, has the authority to nominate the chairs of the House Administration Committee and Rules Committee. In the minority, these appointments are made by the minority leader. The Speaker's or minority leader's nominations for these two positions are submitted directly to the full Republican Conference for ratification. If the conference rejects the leader's nominee, the Speaker or minority leader has the authority to submit another name to the conference.

All other standing committee chairs or ranking minority members are nominated by the Republican Steering Committee and ratified by the full Republican Conference. Pursuant to conference rules, the Member nominated to be chair or ranking minority member does not need to be the Member with the longest continuous service on the committee. In recent Congresses, the Steering Committee "interviewed" prospective candidates for chair or ranking slots. Some of the new chairs and ranking members have been the most senior members of the committee, others were not.

The Steering Committee is composed of party leaders, selected committee leaders, class leaders, and regional representatives. The Steering Committee is reconstituted each Congress. Regions are restructured to reflect as closely as possible an equal number of Republican Members from each region. Each region elects its Steering Committee member. If Steering Committee members are elected from states that have four or more Republican Members, a "small state" group is triggered to also elect a member to the Steering Committee; the small state group is composed of states that have three or fewer Republican Members.

On November, 19, 2015, the House Republican Conference adopted a conference resolution redesigning the composition of the Steering Committee.

The chairs of the Committees on Appropriations, Budget, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, Rules, and Ways and Means were removed, except when the Steering Committee is considering members for election to one of those specific committees. If, for example, a member is elected to the Ways and Means Committee, that committee's chair would join the Steering Committee to deliberate and vote on the new member.

Six members are to be elected by the conference as at-large members.

The Speaker has the authority to appoint one at-large designee.

The Speaker, who previously had five votes, will have four votes.

The conference resolution stated that elections for the at-large members would be held not later than 30 calendar days after the resolution was adopted. The six members receiving the greatest number of votes would be elected. The Republican Conference elected the six members on December 10, 2015.

It is anticipated that the number of regions and the regional allocation will be reviewed in the near future.

Table 1 depicts the membership of the reconstituted Republican Steering Committee as of July 1, 2017.

Table 1. Republican Steering Committee

Designated Representative

Member Serving in
115th Congress



Paul D. Ryan

Has 4 votes on Steering Committee

Majority leader

Kevin McCarthy

Has 2 votes

Minority whip

Steve Scalise

Chief deputy whip

Patrick McHenry

Republican Conference chair

Cathy McMorris Rogers

Republican Conference vice-chair

Doug Collins

Republican Conference secretary

Jason Smith

Republican Policy chair

Luke Messer

NRCC chair, former chair

Greg Walden

NRCC chair

Steve Stivers

Rotating committee chair

Speaker Designee

Susan Brooks

Texas Representative I

Lamar Smith

Texas Representative II

John Carter

Florida Representative

Vern Buchanan

California Representative

Devin Nunes

Pennsylvania Representative

Bill Shuster

Ohio Representative

Pat Tiberi

Region I

Tom Reed

New Jersey, New York, Maine

Region II

Bob Goodlatte

Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia

Region III

Richard Hudson

Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky

Region IV

Tom Graves

Georgia, South Carolina

Region V

Mike Rogers

Alabama, Tennessee

Region VI

John Shimkus

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa

Region VII

Fred Upton

Michigan, Wisconsin

Region VIII

Steve Womack

Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Puerto Rico

Region IX

Kevin Yoder

Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Region X

Tom Emmer

Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming

Region XI

David Schweikert

Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, American Samoa

Small State Representative

Kevin Cramer

(Composed of delegations with one or two members): Alaska, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wyoming, American Samoa, Puerto Rico

114th Class Representative

Steve Russell

115th Class Representative

Francis Rooney

Democratic Caucus Procedures

Democratic Caucus rules address selecting committee chairs and ranking minority members. The Democratic leader nominates a chair and ranking member for the Committees on Rules and House Administration, who must be approved by the entire Democratic Caucus. The Budget Committee chair and ranking member are selected from among members choosing to run for the position. Other chair and ranking Member nominations are made by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and voted on by the entire Democratic Caucus. In making selections, the Steering Committee considers, pursuant to caucus rules, "merit, length of service on the committee and degree of commitment to the Democratic agenda of the nominee, and the diversity of the Caucus." The Steering Committee is reconstituted each Congress, and regions can be restructured to reflect equal Democratic representation among regions. The number of appointments made by the party leader can also change. Table 2 depicts the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee as constituted as of July 1, 2017.

Table 2. Democratic Steering Committee

Designated Representative

Member Serving in the


Steering Committee chair

Nancy Pelosi

Steering Committee co-chair

Rosa DeLauro

Policy Committee co-chair

Vice Chair/Parliamentarian

Vice Chair

Eric Swalwell

Jared Polis

Barbara Lee

Co-Chair, Policy and Communications

Cheri Bustos

David Cicilline

Hakeem Jeffries

Democratic whip

Steny Hoyer

Assistant Democratic leader

James Clyburn

Democratic Caucus chair

Joseph Crowley

Democratic Caucus vice-chair

Linda Sanchez

DCCC chair

Caucus leadership representative

Freshman leadership representative

Ben Ray Lujan

Tony Cardenas

Colleen Hanabusa

Senior Chief Deputy whip

Chief Deputy whip

John Lewis

Joaquin Castro

Chief Deputy whip

Krysten Sinema

Chief Deputy whip

Diana DeGette

Chief Deputy whip

G.K. Butterfield

Chief Deputy whip

Keith Ellison

Chief Deputy whip

Jan Schakowsky

Chief Deputy whip

Chief Deputy whip

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Terri Sewell

Chief Deputy whip

Peter Welch

Region I

Judy Chu

Southern California: 21-53

Region II

Doris Matsui

Northern California: 1-20; Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Alaska, Marianas Islands

Region III

Gwen Moore

Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska

Region IV

Andre Carson

Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma

Region V

Dina Titus

Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho

Region VI

Lloyd Doggett

Texas, Arizona, New Mexico

Region VII

Stacey Plaskett

Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Region VIII

Lois Frankel

Georgia, Florida

Region IX

Bill Pascrell

Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, DC, Delaware

Region X

Marcy Kaptur

Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia

Region XI

Gregory Meeks

New York

Region XII

Mike Capuano

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont

Appropriations Committee ranking member

Nita Lowey

Budget Committee ranking member

John Yarmouth

Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member

Frank Pallone

Financial Services Committee ranking member

Maxine Waters

Rules Committee ranking member

Louis Slaughter

Ways and Means Committee ranking member

Richie Neal

Organization Study and Review (OSR) chair

Karen Bass

Freshman Representative

Jamie Raskin

Members appointed by Democratic leader

Matt Cartwright

Steve Cohen
Katherine Clark
John Delaney

Mike Doyle
John Garamendi
Sheila Jackson Lee
Dan Kildee
Derek Kilmer
Raja Krishnamoorthi
Betty McCollum
Donald Norcross
Darren Soto
Mike Thompson

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The House Ethics Committee on Friday announced it has launched an investigation into sexual harassment allegations leveled against Rep. Ruben Kihuen. The Nevada Democrat is accused of sexually harassing a former campaign staffer.

"The committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Ruben Kihuen may have engaged in sexual harassment. The committee, pursuant to committee Rule 18(a), has begun an investigation and will gather additional information regarding the allegations."

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Rep. Rep. Ben Ray Luján called for Kihuen to step down, after BuzzFeed News reported a 25-year-old woman left her job on Kihuen's 2016 congressional campaign, citing repeated and unwanted propositions for dates and sex. The woman also alleged Kihuen inappropriately touched her thigh on two occasions. 

In response to the new ethics probe, Kihuen said he would cooperate with the investigation. The freshman congressman has not agreed to step down. 

"As I've said previously, I intend to fully cooperate, and I welcome an opportunity to clear my name," Kihuen said in a statement issued to CBS News. 

The DCCC chairman called on the freshman congressman to resign when Buzzfeed detailed the allegations against him, while Pelosi's statement came a few hours after the story was published. 

On Feb. 19. 2016, according to BuzzFeed, Kihuen told the woman they should "get a hotel room here" during a campaign-related visit to a hotel for a meeting with Rep. Tony Cardenas. The woman told BuzzFeed she refused. On the way back from the meeting to the campaign office, the woman claims Kihuen asked her if she'd ever cheated on her boyfriend, and started touching her thigh, according to BuzzFeed. On another occasion in March, the BuzzFeed report says Kihuen asked for help with something on the computer, and the woman alleges he grabbed the back of her thigh when she looked at the screen. 

Kihuen is only one of a number of members of Congress accused of sexual harassment. Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, was forced to resign after the House Ethics Committee launched a probe into allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, also announced he will resign after the Senate Ethics Committee announced an investigation into allegations against him. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, resigned after a report that he offered a former staff member $5 million to carry his child. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, has said he will step down after a former senior aide accused him of creating a toxic workplace and bullying staffers. 

CBS News' Catherine Reynolds contributed to this report.