United States House of Representatives Committee on Ethics

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

The committee was created 1967.[1]


113th Congress

The committee chair is the 113th Congress is K. Michael Conaway (R).[2]

112th Congress

The committee chair in the 112th Congress was Jo Bonner (R).


2013-2014 (113th Congress)

Committee on Ethics Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (5)Republican members (5)
Linda T. Sánchez (California) Ranking memberK. Michael Conaway (Texas) Chair
Pedro Pierluisi (Puerto Rico) Charlie Dent (Pennsylvania)
Michael Capuano (Massachusetts) Trey Gowdy (South Carolina)
Yvette Clarke (New York) Patrick Meehan (Pennsylvania)
Ted Deutch (Florida) Susan Brooks (Indiana)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)


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

  1. Recommend administrative actions to establish or enforce standards of official conduct.
  2. Investigate alleged violations of the Code of Official Conduct or of any applicable rules, laws, or regulations governing the performance of official duties or the discharge of official responsibilities. Such investigations must be made in accordance with Committee rules .
  3. Report to appropriate federal or state authorities substantial evidence of a violation of any law applicable to the performance of official duties that may have been disclosed in a Committee investigation. Such reports must be approved by the House or by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Committee.
  4. Render advisory opinions regarding the propriety of any current or proposed conduct of a Member, officer, or employee, and issue general guidance on such matters as necessary.
  5. Consider requests for written waivers of the gift rule (clause 5 of House Rule XXV)


The Ethics Committee appointed two investigative panels to assess charges against Don Young, Representative from Alaska, and against Rep. Robert Andrews, from New Jersey. These panels were charged with investigating allegations of misappropriation of campaign funds by the above mentioned representatives.[3] The panel to investigate Don Young was chaired by Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Meehan. The other members of the panel were Texas Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry and Massachusetts Democratic Reps. Michael Capuano and William Keating.[4] The panel to investigate Robert Andrews was chaired by Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) with Del. Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico) serving as its ranking member.[5] Further information about the specific charges against these representatives can be found on their profile pages, available through the links above.


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Phone: 202-225-7103
Fax: 202-225-7392

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