The 114th Congress opened on January 6, 2015 and quickly elected its leaders. Although he was challenged again by members of his party on the far right, Representative John Boehner (R-OH) was elected to serve another two year term as Speaker of the House. Representatives Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were elected House Majority Leader and Minority Leader, respectively.
On the Senate side, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) became Majority Leader switching roles with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) who is now Minority Leader.
On January 8, the Senate passed an organizational resolution making majority party committee appointments for the 114th Congress. Passage of S. Res. 23 officially confirms the expected Chairs for key Senate committees, including Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) for the Committee on Appropriations, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for the Committee on Finance, Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) for the Committee on the Budget, and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) for the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Their counterparts, also previously reported, are Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD as Ranking Member on Appropriations, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) as Ranking on Finance, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as Ranking on Budget, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) as Ranking on Banking.
New this week was identification of who the Ranking Members of the subcommittees of the Senate Committee on Appropriations will be. Long time housing champion Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) will be the lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD). Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), will be Ranking on the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) as Ranking on the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.
Several House committees have also announced their member rosters.
Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) will remain Chair of the House Committee on Financial Services, while Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) will continue to serve as the committee’s Ranking Member. Newly assigned committee members include Representatives David Schweikert (R-AZ), Robert Dold (R-IL), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Frank Guinta (R-NH), Roger Williams (R-TX), Bruce Poliquin (R-MN), Mia Love (R-UT), French Hill (R-AR), and Juan Vargas (D-CA). Subcommittee leadership has yet to be announced.
Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) will serve as the new Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, while Representative Sander Levin (D-MI) will continue to serve as Ranking Member. Newly assigned committee members include Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-PA), George Holding (R-NC), Jason Smith (R-MO), and Kristi Noem (R-SD). Democratic members of the committee also determined which members will serve on subcommittee panels, subject to approval by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and the Democratic Caucus. Representative Richard Neal (D-MA) was recommended to serve as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures.
Representative Tom Price will serve as Chair of the House Committee on Budget, while Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) will continue to serve as the Ranking Member. New Republican members of the committee include Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), Mark Sanford (R-SC), Aaron Schock (R-IL), Dave Brat (R-VA), Rod Blum (R-IA), Glenn Grothman (R-WI), John Moolenaar (R-MI), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Gary Palmer (R-AL), and Bruce Westerman (R-AR). Democrats have not yet released their full committee roster.
Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) will to continue serving as Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations while Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) will remain Ranking Member. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) is the only new Democratic member of the committee. Republicans have not yet released their full committee roster.