United States Senate Committee on Ethics (Select)

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Background
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The United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics is a standing committee of the U.S. Senate. It held its inaugural session in an earlier form in 1965.[1]

Leadership

114th Congress

The committee chairman in the 114th Congress is Johnny Isakson (R).

113th Congress

The committee chairman in the 113th Congress was Barbara Boxer (D).[2]

112th Congress

The committee chairman in the 112th Congress was Barbara Boxer (D).

Membership

2015-2016 (114th Congress)

Committee on Ethics (Select) Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (3)Republican members (3)
Barbara Boxer (California) Vice ChairmanJohnny Isakson (Georgia) Chairman
Chris Coons (Delaware) Pat Roberts (Kansas)
Brian Schatz (Hawaii) James E. Risch (Idaho)

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Committee legislation

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


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Jurisdiction

According to the official Senate website, the jurisdiction of the Ethics Committee includes the following:

  1. each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.
  2. authorized to receive and investigate allegations of improper conduct which may reflect upon the Senate, violations of law, violations of the Senate Code of Official Conduct and violations of rules and regulations of the Senate; recommend disciplinary action; recommend additional Senate rules or regulations to insure proper standards of conduct; and report violations of law to the proper federal and state authorities.
  3. authorized to investigate unauthorized disclosures of intelligence information by a Member, officer, or employee of the Senate and to report to the Senate on any substantiated allegation.
  4. authorized to provide guidance and promulgate rules regarding the Frank. The Committee may investigate complaints involving a violation of the Franking statute.
  5. designates the Senate Select Committee on Ethics as the “supervising ethics office” for the Senate and charges the Committee with duties and responsibilities for Financial Disclosure Statements (Title I) and for Outside Employment (Title V) with respect to Members, officers, and employees of the Senate.
  6. is the “employing agency” for the Senate and charges the Committee with administering the provisions of the FGDA with respect to Members, officers, and employees of the United States Senate.
  7. designated as the “supervising ethics office” for the Senate and charges the Committee with duties and responsibilities regarding the statutory prohibitions against Members, officers, and employees of the Senate giving gifts to an official superior or receiving gifts from employees with a lower salary level.
  8. is designated the “supervising ethics office” for the Senate and charges the Committee with duties and responsibilities regarding the statutory prohibitions against Members, officers, and employees of the Senate soliciting or receiving gifts.
[3]

—U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics[4]

Contact

220 Hart Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510-6175

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

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