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Senate and House Judiciary Committees Take Shape for 113th Congress

Tuesday, January 8, 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. Sánchez (D-Calif.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and Maxine M. Waters (D-Calif.) remain in office but are no longer on the Judiciary Committee. Six previous committee members either did not run in 2012 or were not re-elected to the House: Reps. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.); Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Calif.); Elton W. Gallegly (R-Calif.); Daniel E. Lungren (R-Calif.); Michael R. Pence (R-Ind.); and Benjamin E. Quayle (R-Ariz.).

House IP Subcommittee

Initial jurisdiction over IP matters in the House will fall to either the full committee or the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet, depending on the issue. Goodlatte announced that Coble will be chair of the committee, but otherwise members have not yet been named.

They were 25 in number in the last Congress. If its size remains the same, the subcommittee will have at least 10 new members. Of the continuing Judiciary Committee members, 13 others besides Coble and Goodlatte were on the IP subcommittee: Conyers, Chabot, Chaffetz, Deutch, Issa, Jackson Lee, Johnson, Jordan, Lofgren, Marino, Nadler, Poe, and Sensenbrenner.

Berman's loss will be of particular concern to the copyright community. For example, even after losing his seat, he continued to argue in favor of copyright owners' rights in a subcommittee hearing meeting on royalty rates for recording artists paid by internet stations but not by traditional radio broadcasters (235 PTD, 12/7/12).

By Tony Dutra  

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