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House Judiciary Committee
Members, 109th Congress
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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 Senate version of the committee's most public role involves the approval process of the President's nominees to the Federal benches, including the United States Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee is also the committee responsible for impeachments of federal officials, and approved articles of impeachment against Andrew Johnson in 1868, Richard Nixon in 1974, and Bill Clinton in 1998. The current chairmen of the committee is Republican Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, and the ranking minority member is Democrat John Conyers of Michigan.

The committee was created on June 3 1813 for the purpose of considering legislation related to the judicial system. Because of the legal nature of its oversight, committee members usually have a legal background, but it is not required.



Committee Jurisdiction

Rule X of The Rules of the House of Representatives, 109th Congress, identifies the jurisdiction of the The House Committee on the Judiciary as follows:

  1. The judiciary and judicial proceedings, civil and criminal.
  2. Administrative practice and procedure.
  3. Apportionment of Representatives.
  4. Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and counterfeiting.
  5. Civil liberties.
  6. Constitutional amendments.
  7. Criminal law enforcement.
  8. Federal courts and judges, and local courts in the Territories and possessions.
  9. Immigration policy and non-border enforcement.
  10. Interstate compacts generally.
  11. Claims against the United States.
  12. Members of Congress, attendance of members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner; and their acceptance of incompatible offices.
  13. National penitentiaries.
  14. Patents, the Patent and Trademark Office, copyrights, and trademarks.
  15. Presidential succession.
  16. Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies.
  17. Revision and codification of the Statutes of the United States.
  18. State and territorial boundary lines.
  19. Subversive activities affecting the internal security of the United States.


Dave Lindorff accuses Pelosi of "unconscionable strong-arm tactics to keep impeachment 'off the table' in the 110th Congress" and of silencing House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers on the question.


Legislative Activity of the Committee

[note that the vast majority of proposed legislation never leaves committees or is acted on by the full House; even fewer proposed bills become law]

This table links to the pages on the website where you will find the bill's sponsor(s), cosponsor(s) and current status, a link to a text or pdf version of the bill, a summary of the bill, related votes and other information. You may also find similar information from the original source at the Library of Congress's THOMAS website.

November 2006

Bill Status Last Action Date
H.R. 6328 Congressional Commission on the Abolition of Modern-Day Slavery Act Introduced; also ref’d to Ways & Means and International Relations 11/15/2006
H.R. 6336 To amend title 4, United States Code, with respect to the flying of the National flag at half-staff pursuant to the order of a Governor of a State, territory, or possession. Introduced 11/15/2006
H.R. 6332 Sandra Day O?Connor and William H. Rehnquist Law Centers Establishment Act of 2006 Introduced; also ref’d to Education & the Workforce 11/15/2006
H.Res. 1082 Condemning the decision by the city of St. Denis, France, to name a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murderer of Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Faulkner. Introduced; also ref’d to International Relations 11/14/2006
H.R. 6322 Accurate Crime Trends for Schools Act Introduced 11/14/2006
S 3880 Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Passed Senate, Passed House 11/13/2006
H.R. 6315 Student Privacy Protection Act of 2006 Introduced; also ref’d to Education & the Workforce 11/13/2006
H.R. 6320 To create an additional judgeship for the eastern district of California, and for other purposes. Introduced 11/13/2006

110th Congress

H.R. 1201-110To amend title 17, United States Code, to promote innovation, to encourage the introduction of new technology, to enhance library preservation efforts, and to protect the fair use rights of consumers, and for other purposes.
March 19, 2007: Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.

Chairmen of the House Committee on the Judiciary, 1813-present

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External links

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