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Senate and House Judiciary Committees Take Shape for 113th Congress

Thursday, January 17, 2013
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives announced new member lists for their respective judiciary committees with responsibility for legislation on intellectual property in the 113th Congress.
Senate Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee announced the following members:

  • Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman;

  • Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking minority member;

  • Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn);

  • Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.);

  • John Cornyn III (R-Texas);

  • Rafael E. “Ted” Cruz (R-Texas);

  • Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.);

  • Dianne G. Feinstein (D-Calif.);

  • Jeffry L. Flake (R-Ariz.);

  • Alan S. Franken (D-Minn.);

  • Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.);

  • Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah);

  • •Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii);

  • Amy J. Klobuchar (D-Minn.);

  • Michael S. Lee (R-Utah);

  • Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.);

  • Jefferson B. Sessions III (R-Ala.); and

  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).


The 10-8 party split did not change from the 112th Congress.

There are three new members. Hirono, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, replaces retiring Sen. Herbert H. Kohl (D-Wis.). Flake took the Arizona senate seat of retiring Sen. Jon L. Kyl. Cruz, a newly elected senator endorsed by the tea party movement, took the seat of Sen. Thomas A. Coburn (R-Okla.), who moved to the Intelligence Committee.

House Judiciary Committee
The 23 Republican and 17 Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee in the 113th Congress are:

  • Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman;

  • John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), ranking minority member;

  • Mark E. Amodei (R-Nev.);

  • Spencer T. Bachus III (R-Ala.);

  • Karen R. Bass (D-Calif.);

  • Steven Chabot (R-Ohio);

  • Jason E. Chaffetz (R-Utah);

  • Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.);

  • Judy M. Chu (D-Calif.);

  • J. Howard Coble (R-N.C.);

  • Stephen I. Cohen (D-Tenn.);

  • Suzan K. DelBene (D-Wash.);

  • Ronald D. DeSantis (R-Fla.);

  • Theodore E. Deutch (D-Fla.);

  • R. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas);

  • J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.);

  • Trent Franks (R-Ariz.);

  • Jose A. “Joe” Garcia Jr. (D-Fla.);

  • Louis B. Gohmert Jr. (R-Texas);

  • Harold W. “Trey” Gowdy III (R-S.C.);

  • George E. B. Holding (R-N.C.);

  • Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.);

  • Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas);

  • Hakeem S. Jeffries (D-N.Y.);

  • Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr. (D-Ga.);

  • James D. Jordan (R-Ohio);

  • Steven A. King (R-Iowa);

  • Paul R. Labrador (R-Idaho);

  • Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.);

  • Thomas A. Marino (R-Pa.);

  • Jerrold L. Nadler (D-N.Y.);

  • Pedro R. Pierluisi (D-P.R.);

  • Lloyd “Ted” Poe (R-Texas);

  • Michael Quigley (D-Ill.);

  • Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.);

  • Dennis A. Ross (R-Fla.);

  • Keith J. Rothfus (R-Pa.);

  • Robert C. Scott (D-Va.);

  • F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.);

  • Lamar S. Smith (R-Texas); and

  • Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.).


Goodlatte took over the chairmanship from Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-Texas), who stepped down due to the six-year term limit set by the Republican conference in the House.

The 12 new members of the committee are Bachus, Collins, DeSantis, Farenthold, Holding, Labrador, and Rothfus on the Republican side, and Bass, DelBene, Garcia, Jeffries, and Richmond for the Democrats.

Former committee members Reps. J. Timothy Griffin (R-Ark.), Thomas W. Reed II (R-N.Y.), Linda T. S

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