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Rules Committee, Virginia State Senate

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The Rules Committee of the Virginia State Senate has sixteen members.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Virginia State Senate are assigned by the majority caucus. The caucus submits a nominations report for all committees that must be approved by a majority vote of the chamber. Committees are assigned at the start of each term.[1] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[2] The President is not recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Senate Rules


A Committee on Rules, which shall be in addition to the foregoing standing Committees, consisting of the standing Committee Chairs; the President pro tempore, if the person is not a Chair; the Majority Leader, if the person is not a Chair; the Minority Leader; and other Senators to comprise not more than 17. The Chair of the Committee on Rules shall not be Chair of any standing Committee. The Committee shall consider all resolutions amending or altering the Rules of the Senate; all joint rules with the House of Delegates; all bills and resolutions creating study committees or commissions; and all other resolutions (except those of a purely procedural nature, those concerning nominations and appointments to any office or position in the Commonwealth including the nominations of Justices and Judges, and those concerning constitutional amendments). The Committee may report such bills or resolutions with the recommendation that they be passed, or that they be rereferred to another Committee. In considering a bill or resolution, the Committee is empowered to sit while the Senate is in session. There shall be a subcommittee of the Committee, consisting of the Chair and members appointed by the Chair to equal the number of House members appointed to the subcommittee, which shall exercise on behalf of the Committee such powers as are delegated to the Committee when acting jointly with the Committee on Rules of the House of Delegates or a subcommittee thereof.[3][4]



Republican Party Republicans (12)

Democratic Party Democrats (4)


Republican Party Republicans (4)

Democratic Party Democrats (13)

External links


  1. Virginia State Legislature, "Senate Rules," accessed January 27, 2014(Rule 18)
  2. Virginia State Legislature, "Senate Rules," accessed January 27, 2014(Rule 20(e))
  3. Virginia State Legislature, "Senate Rules," accessed January 27, 2014(Rule 19(a))
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.