United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

The United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has jurisdiction over matters related to the Department of Homeland Security and other homeland security concerns, as well as the functioning of the government itself, including the National Archives, budget and accounting measures other than appropriations, the Census, the federal civil service, the affairs of the District of Columbia, and the United States Postal Service. The committee's name was formerly the United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, prior to homeland security being added to its responsibilities.


Members, 112th Congress

The Committee is chaired by Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, and the Ranking Member is Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine.

Majority Minority

Source: 2011 Congressional Record, Vol. 157, Page S557


Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Contracting Oversight (Ad Hoc) Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Rob Portman (R-OH)
Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs (Ad Hoc) Mark Pryor (D-AR) Rand Paul (R-KY)
Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security Thomas Carper (D-DE) Scott Brown (R-MA)
Investigations (Permanent) Carl Levin (D-MI) Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia Daniel Akaka (D-HI) Ron Johnson (R-WI)


Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments, 1921-1952

Committee on Government Operations, 1952-1977

  • John L. McClellan (D-Ark.) 1952-1953
  • Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis.) 1953-1955
  • John L. McClellan (D-Ark.) 1955-1972
  • Samuel J. Ervin Jr. (D-N.C.) 1972-1974
  • Abraham A. Ribicoff (D-Conn.) 1974-1977

Committee on Governmental Affairs, 1977-2005

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 2005-present


  1. ^ Joe Lieberman is an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, and counts as a Democrat for committee purposes.

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