Dead Presidents

Historical facts, thoughts, ramblings and collections on the Presidency and about the Presidents of the United States.

By Anthony Bergen
Asker Anonymous Asks:
can you explain how the senate assigns committee assignments? thanks
deadpresidents deadpresidents Said:

The party leadership — both the majority and minority — assigns their members to committees.  A lot has to do with seniority, but Senators are also usually assigned to committees that they either have experience with (ex: a former soldier being assigned to Armed Services or Veterans Affairs, or an ex-cop being appointed to Homeland Security or a Judiciary sub-committee).  Plus, Senators from certain states want committees that their constituents care about (ex: Agriculture for a Senator from Iowa, or Energy for, say, New Mexico).  You can also earn plum committee assignments by doing political favors.  That’s the game.

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