Ranking member

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In United States politics, a ranking member is the most senior member of a congressional or state legislative committee from the minority party.[1] On many committees the ranking minority member, along with the chairman, serve as ex officio members of all of the committee's subcommittees.

Both the United States Senate[2] and United States House of Representatives[3] use ranking members as part of their legislative structure.

When party control of a legislative chamber changes, a committee's ranking minority member is likely, though not assured, to become the next chairman of the committee, and vice versa.

Congressional usage

Four Senate committees refer to the ranking minority member as vice chairman. The following committees follow the chairman/vice chairman structure for the majority and minority parties.

Other Senate committees refer to the ranking minority members as ranking member.[4]

The House of Representatives does not use the term vice chairman for the ranking minority member, though some committees do have a vice-chairman position, usually assigned to a senior member of the majority party other than the chairman. House committees that follow this structure are:

Joint committees of the House and Senate operate in much the same way, with a chairman and vice-chairman from the majority party, alternating between a member of the House and a member of the Senate, and often two ranking members from both bodies.

References

  1. ^ "Politics Glossary: ranking member". Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011.
  2. ^ https://www.senate.gov/reference/glossary_term/ranking_minority_member.htm
  3. ^ https://www.foxnews.com/politics/who-are-the-house-committee-chairs
  4. ^ "United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs: Home". Banking.senate.gov. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
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