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The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is a standing committee of the U.S. Senate. It was created in an earlier form in 1816.[1]


114th Congress

The committee chairman in the 114th Congress is Lisa Murkowski (R).

113th Congress

Ron Wyden (D) was appointed committee chair in the 113th Congress.[2]

Mary Landrieu was selected as the new chair on February 11, 2014.[3][4]

112th Congress

The committee chairman in the 112th Congress was Jeff Bingaman (D).


2015-2016 (114th Congress)

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (10)Republican members (12)
Maria Cantwell (Washington) Ranking MemberLisa Murkowski (Alaska) Chairman
Ron Wyden (Oregon) John Barrasso (Wyoming)
Bernie Sanders (Vermont) Jim Risch (Idaho)
Debbie Stabenow (Michigan) Mike Lee (Utah)
Al Franken (Minnesota) Jeff Flake (Arizona)
Joe Manchin III (West Virginia) Bill Cassidy (Louisiana)
Martin Heinrich (New Mexico) Cory Gardner (Colorado)
Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) Steve Daines (Montana)
Angus King (Maine) Rob Portman (Ohio)
Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) John Hoeven (North Dakota)
Lamar Alexander (Tennessee)
Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia)
Bernie Sanders and Angus King are Independents but caucuses with Democrats, hence they has been counted in that column.

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.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

S. 1600

See also: Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), joined by 18 cosponsors (including 10 Democrats and 8 fellow Republicans), introduced S. 1600, otherwise known as the Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013, in the United States Senate on October 29, 2013. If enacted, the bill would create a comprehensive policy for the nation's critical minerals supply, encompassing assessment, recycling, research, production and forecasting.[5][6]

The bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The committee held a hearing for the legislation on January 28, 2014. At that hearing, the following individuals provided favorable testimony:[6][7]

  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert H. Latiff, Ph.D.; George Mason University
  • Jim Sims; Molycorp, Inc.
  • David Isaacs; Semiconductor Industry Association
  • Gregory Conrad; Interstate Mining Compact Commission (and on behalf of Alaska Department of Natural Resources)
  • Jennifer Thomas; Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • Roderick Eggert; Colorado School of Mines

S. 1743

See also: Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act

On November 20, 2013, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced S. 1743, otherwise known as the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act. It was referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. As of September 2014, the committee had to yet to report the bill. If enacted, the bill would prevent the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from enforcing any federal regulations over hydraulic fracturing in states that already regulate the practice.[8][9][10]

On November 20, 2013, the House companion bill (H.R. 2728) passed the House by a 235-187 vote (with nine members not voting). Of those voting "yes," 223 were Republicans and 12 were Democrats. Of those voting "no," 185 were Democrats and two were Republicans.[8]



As of late-February, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: oversight and legislative responsibilities for: nuclear, coal and synthetic fuels research and development; nuclear and non-nuclear energy commercialization projects; nuclear fuel cycle policy; DOE National Laboratories; global climate change; new technologies research and development; nuclear facilities siting and insurance program; commercialization of new technologies including, solar energy systems; Federal energy conservation programs; energy information; liquefied natural gas projects; oil and natural gas regulation; refinery policy; coal conversion; utility policy; strategic petroleum reserves; regulation of Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and other oil and gas pipeline transportation systems within Alaska Arctic research and energy development; and oil, gas and coal production and distribution.[11]

National Parks

As of late-February, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: oversight and legislative responsibilities for: National Park System; Wild and Scenic Rivers System; National Trails System; national recreation areas; national monuments; historic sites; military parks and battlefields; Land and Water Conservation Fund; historic preservation; outdoor recreation resources; and preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of interest on the public domain.[11]

Public Lands, Forests, and Mining

As of late-February, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: oversight and legislative responsibilities for: public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service including farming and grazing thereon, and wilderness areas; establishment of wildlife refuges on public lands and wilderness designation therein; military land withdrawals; reserved water rights; Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; territorial affairs; national mining and minerals policy and general mining laws; surface mining, reclamation and enforcement; mining education and research; Federal mineral leasing; Outer Continental Shelf leasing; Naval oil shale reserves; National Petroleum reserve -- Alaska; and deep seabed mining.[11]

Water and Power

As of late-February, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: oversight and legislative responsibilities for: irrigation; reclamation projects, including related flood control purposes; power marketing administrations (e.g., Bonneville Power, Southwestern Power, Western Area Power, Southeastern Power); energy development impacts on water resources; groundwater resources and management; hydroelectric power; low head hydro; and energy related aspects of deepwater ports.[11]


According to the official Senate website, the jurisdiction of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee includes the following:

  1. National Energy Policy, including international energy affairs and emergency preparedness
  2. nuclear waste policy
  3. privatization of federal assets
  4. territorial policy (including changes in status and issues affecting Antarctica)
  5. Native Hawaiian matters
  6. Ad Hoc issues.
  7. other issues are retained in the Full Committee on an ad hoc basis. Generally, these are issues which (1) require extremely expeditious handling or (2) substantially overlap two or more subcommittee jurisdictions, or (3) are of exceptional national significance in which all Members wish to participate fully.


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Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-4971 Fax: (202) 224-6163

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