United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce

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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The committee, the oldest standing in the House, was created on December 14, 1795, as the Committee on Commerce and Manufactures. In 1819, it became the Committee on Commerce, and in 1891 it become the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. The Committee assumed its present name in 1981.[1]


113th congress

Fred Upton (R) retained his role as committee chair in the 113th Congress.[2]

112th congress

The committee chair in the 112th Congress was Fred Upton (R).


2013-2014 (113th Congress)

Energy and Commerce Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (24)Republican members (30)
Henry Waxman (California) Ranking memberFred Upton (Michigan) Chair
John D. Dingell (Michigan) Ralph Hall (Texas)
Frank Pallone, Jr. (New Jersey) Joe Barton (Texas) Chairman Emeritus
Bobby L. Rush (Illinois) Ed Whitfield (Kentucky)
Anna G. Eshoo (California) John Shimkus (Illinois)
Eliot L. Engel (New York) Joseph R. Pitts (Pennsylvania)
Gene Green (Texas) Greg Walden (Oregon)
Diana DeGette (Colorado) Lee Terry (Nebraska)
Lois Capps (California) Mike Rogers (Michigan)
Michael F. Doyle (Pennsylvania) Tim Murphy (Pennsylvania)
Jan Schakowsky (Illinois) Michael C. Burgess (Texas)
Jim Matheson (Utah) Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee) Vice chair
G.K. Butterfield (North Carolina) Phil Gingrey (Georgia)
John Barrow (Georgia) Steve Scalise (Louisiana)
Doris O. Matsui (California) Bob Latta (Ohio)
Donna Christensen (U.S. Virgin Islands) Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Washington)
Kathy Castor (Florida) Gregg Harper (Mississippi)
John Sarbanes (Maryland) Leonard Lance (New Jersey)
Jerry McNerney (California) Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)
Bruce Braley (Iowa) Brett Guthrie (Kentucky)
Peter Welch (Vermont) Pete Olson (Texas)
Ben Ray Lujan (New Mexico) David McKinley (West Virginia)
Paul Tonko (New York) Cory Gardner (Colorado)
John Yarmuth (Kentucky) Mike Pompeo (Kansas)
Adam Kinzinger (Illinois)
Morgan Griffith (Virginia)
Gus Bilirakis (Florida)
Bill Johnson (Ohio)
Billy Long (Missouri)
Renee Ellmers (North Carolina)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Committee legislation

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the legislation coming out of each committee.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

H.R. 1921

See also: Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act

On May 9, 2013, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-California) introduced H.R. 1921, also known as the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act (or FRAC Act). The FRAC Act would rescind existing exemptions for hydraulic fracturing operations under the Safe Drinking Water Act (thereby enabling the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate some aspects of the fracturing process). In addition, the act would require disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, which had not reported the bill as of September 2014. The Senate companion bill is S. 1135.[3][4][5]

DeGette introduced similar legislation in 2009 and 2011, but those bills failed to move past committee.[6][7]


Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade

Jurisdiction: Interstate and foreign commerce, including all trade matters within the jurisdiction of the full committee; Regulation of commercial practices (the FTC), including sports-related matters; Consumer affairs and consumer protection, including privacy matters generally; Consumer product safety (the CPSC); Product liability; Motor vehicle safety; and, Regulation of travel, tourism, and time.[8]

Communications and Technology

Jurisdiction: Interstate and foreign telecommunications including, but not limited to, all telecommunication and information transmission by broadcast, radio, wire, microwave, satellite, or other mode.[8]

Energy and Power

Jurisdiction: National energy policy generally; Fossil energy, renewable energy resources and synthetic fuels, energy conservation, energy information; Energy regulation and utilization; Utility issues and regulation of nuclear facilities; Interstate energy compacts; Nuclear energy; The Clean Air Act and air emissions; and, All laws, programs, and government activities affecting such matters.[8]

Environment and the Economy

Jurisdiction: All matters relating to soil and water contamination; The regulation of solid, hazardous, and nuclear wastes; The regulation of industrial plant security; The regulation of drinking water; and, The regulation of toxic substances and noise.[8]


Jurisdiction: Public health and quarantine; hospital construction; mental health and research; biomedical programs and health protection in general, including public and private health insurance; Food and drugs; and, Drug abuse.[8]

Oversight and Investigations

Jurisdiction: Responsibility for oversight of agencies, departments, and programs within the jurisdiction of the full committee, and for conducting investigations within such jurisdiction.[8]


According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Energy and Commerce Committee includes the following:

  1. Biomedical research and development.
  2. Consumer affairs and consumer protection.
  3. Health and health facilities (except health care supported by payroll deductions).
  4. Interstate energy compacts.
  5. Interstate and foreign commerce generally.
  6. Exploration, production, storage, supply, marketing, pricing, and regulation of energy resources, including all fossil fuels, solar energy, and other unconventional or renewable energy resources.
  7. Conservation of energy resources.
  8. Energy information generally.
  9. The generation and marketing of power (except by federally chartered or Federal regional power marketing authorities); reliability and interstate transmission of, and ratemaking for, all power; and siting of generation facilities (except the installation of interconnections between Government waterpower projects).
  10. General management of the Department of Energy and management and all functions of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  11. National energy policy generally.
  12. Public health and quarantine.
  13. Regulation of the domestic nuclear energy industry, including regulation of research and development reactors and nuclear regulatory research.
  14. Regulation of interstate and foreign communications.
  15. Travel and tourism.
  16. The committee shall have the same jurisdiction with respect to regulation of nuclear facilities and of use of nuclear energy as it has with respect to regulation of nonnuclear facilities and of use of nonnuclear energy.


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