Senate Select Committee on Ethics

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Senate Select Committee on Ethics
Members, 109th Congress
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Senate Committee on Ethics

Background

The Senate Committee on Ethics is a select committee of the United States Senate. Select committees have no legislative authority, but are charged with oversight or housekeeping matters link and their members are officially appointed by the Senate president or president pro tempore link The Commitee on Ethics has oversight and housekeeping jurisdiction over matters such as campaign issues, financial disclosures, conflicts of interest, franking, and gift rules. link

This link explains some history behind the Senate Select Committee on Ethics:
The Senate in 1964, and the House in 1967, established for the first time standing committees on ethics to which complaints of misconduct and resolutions for disciplinary action would be referred, and where Members and employees might also seek advice and opinions on matters of ethical standards. The permanent Senate ethics committee, then known as the Select Committee on Standards and Conduct, was created by S. Res. 338, in the 88th Congress, by the adoption of a substitute proposal of Senator John Sherman Cooper of Kentucky, on July 24, 1964. Events arising out of the Bobby Baker investigation in the Senate by the Senate Rules Committee had propelled the matter of a standing committee for ethics in the Senate to full Senate consideration. In 1977 the Senate Select Committee on Ethics was established to replace the former Standards and Conduct Committee.

Contact information for the Senate Select Committee on Ethics

Select Committee on Ethics
220 Hart Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Telephone: (202) 224-2981
Fax: (202) 224-7416

109th Congress: Members

In the 109th Congress (2005-07), the Select Committee on Ethics was comprised of the following members: Senator George Voinovich (R-OH), Chairman; Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS); Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY); Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), Vice-Chairman; Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR); and Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO).

110th Congress

The following is information on the Select Committee on Ethics for the 110th Congress (beginning 1 January, 2007)

110th Congress: Committee Members



110th Congress: Committee Actions


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