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U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, or (more commonly) the House Judiciary Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. It is charged with overseeing the administration of justice within the federal courts, administrative agencies and Federal law enforcement entities. The Judiciary Committee is also the committee responsible for impeachments of federal officials. Because of the legal nature of its oversight, committee members usually have a legal background, but it is not required.

In the 111th Congress, the current chairman of the committee is Democrat John Conyers of Michiganmarker, and the ranking minority member is Republican Lamar Smith of Texasmarker.


The committee was created on June 3 1813 for the purpose of considering legislation related to the judicial system. This committee approved articles of impeachment against three Presidents: Andrew Johnson (1868), Richard Nixon (1974), and Bill Clinton (1998).

Members, 111th Congress

There are 23 Democrats and 16 Republicans on the committee during the 111th Congress.

Majority Minority


Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Courts and Competition Policy Hank Johnson (D-GA) Howard Coble (R-NC)
Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Commercial and Administrative Law Steve Cohen (D-TN) Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Bobby Scott (D-VA) Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Steve King (R-IA)

Committee Task Forces

United States House Judiciary Antitrust Task Force: 108th Congress

Chairman: Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI); Ranking member: John Conyers (D-MI)

The Antitrust Task Force during the 108th Congress existed from March 26, 2003, to September 26, 2003. All Judiciary Committee Members also served as members of the Task Force., and conducted hearings and investigations into consolidation of the Bell Telephone Companies.

United States House Judiciary Antitrust Task Force: 110th Congress

Chairman: John Conyers (D-MI); Ranking member: Steve Chabot (R-OH)

The Antitrust Task Force during the 110th Congress was established February 28, 2007, as a temporary subcommittee to examine the pending merger between XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. The task force operated like any other subcommittee, except that it only has a six-month term. House Rules limit each full committee to just five subcommittees, and any task force, special subcommittee, or other subunit of a standing committee that is established for a cumulative period longer than six months in a Congress counts against that total. A longer term for the task force would cause the Judiciary Committee to exceed this limit.

Judicial Task force on Judicial Impeachment: 110th and 111th Congresses

Chairman: Adam Schiff (D-CA); Ranking member: Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)

Established in September 2008, the Judicial Task force on Judicial Impeachment was to look into charges against District Judge Thomas Porteous. The investigation was not completed by the end of the 110th Congress, and it was reestablished after the 111th Congress convened in January 2009. The responsibilities of the Task Force were expanded to include the case of Judge Samuel B. Kent, leading to hearings and his subsequent impeachment by the full House of Representatives.



Chairmen since 1813

Charles J. Ingersoll (R-PA) 1813-1815

Hugh Nelson (R-VA) 1815-1819

John Sergeant (R-PA) 1819-1822

Hugh Nelson (R-VA) 1822-1823

Daniel Webster (F-MA) 1823-1827

Philip P. Barbour (D-VA) 1827-1829

James Buchanan (D-PA) 1829-1831

Warren R. Davis (D-SC) 1831-1833

Thomas F. Foster (W-GA) 1833-1835

Samuel Beardsley (D-NY) 1835-1836

Francis Thomas (D-MD) 1836-1839

John Sergeant (W-PA) 1839-1841

Daniel D. Barnard (W-NY) 1841-1843

William Wilkins (D-PA) 1843-1844

Romulus M. Saunders (D-NC) 1844-1845

George O. Rathbun (D-NY) 1845-1847

Joseph R. Ingersoll (W-PA) 1847-1849

James Thompson (D-PA) 1849-1851

James X. McLanahan (D-PA) 1851-1853

Frederick P. Stanton (D-TN) 1853-1855

George A. Simmons (W/R-NY) 1855-1857

George S. Houston (D-AL) 1857-1859

John Hickman (R-PA) 1859-1863

James F. Wilson (R-IA) 1863-1869

John A. Bingham (R-OH) 1869-1873

Benjamin F. Butler (R-MA) 1873-1875

James P. Knott (D-KY) 1875-1881

Thomas Brackett Reed (R-ME) 1881-1883

John R. Tucker (D-VA) 1883-1887

David B. Culberson (D-TX) 1887-1889

Ezra B. Taylor (R-OH) 1889-1891

David B. Culberson (D-TX) 1891-1895

David B. Henderson (R-IA) 1895-1899

George W. Ray (R-NY) 1899-1903

John J. Jenkins (R-WI) 1903-1909

Richard W. Parker (R-NJ) 1909-1911

Henry De Lamar Clayton (D-AL) 1911-1914

Edwin Y. Webb (D-NC) 1914-1919

Andrew J. Volstead (R-MN) 1919-1923

George S. Graham (R-PA) 1923-1931

Hatton W. Sumners (D-TX) 1931-1947

Earl C. Michener (R-MI) 1947-1949

Emmanuel Celler (D-NY) 1949-1953

Chauncey W. Reed (R-IL) 1953-1955

Emmanuel Celler (D-NY) 1955-1973

Peter W. Rodino, Jr. (D-NJ) 1973-1989

Jack Brooks (D-TX) 1989-1995

Henry J. Hyde (R-IL) 1995-2001

Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) 2001-2007

John Conyers (D-MI) 2007-

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