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Logo of the Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies for 2009

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is a special committee which is formed every four years to manage presidential inaugurations.



The members of the committee are sitting members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Typically, the House members include the Speaker of the House as well as the House majority and minority leaders. The Senate members are drawn from the leadership of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration or, previously, one of its predecessor committees. A Senator acts as Chairman of the Joint Committee; the Chairman is therefore drawn from the party in control of the Senate, which may not be the same party as the President-elect's.

Membership in the committee gives its members the opportunity to control tickets to the inauguration ceremonies.

Obama / Biden inauguration

2009 website of the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

It was formed in late 2008 to manage the January 20, 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. It overlapped both the 110th and 111th Congresses.

Its current chairwoman is Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and its ranking member is Senator Robert Bennett (R-Utah). Feinstein is the first female chairperson of the Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Its present full composition is as follows:

Previous incarnations

The committee has been formed every four years at least as far back as the 1901 inauguration of President William McKinley and Vice President Teddy Roosevelt.[1]


Previous members

Logo used in 2005

2005 Inaugural of George W. Bush (Republican):

2001 Inaugural of George W. Bush (Republican):

1997 Inaugural of William Jefferson Clinton (Democrat):

1993 Inaugural of William Jefferson Clinton (Democrat):

1989 Inaugural of George H. W. Bush (Republican):

1985 Inaugural of Ronald Reagan (Republican):

1981 Inaugural of Ronald Reagan (Republican):

1977 Inaugural of Jimmy Carter (Democrat):

1973 Inaugural of Richard Nixon (Republican):

1969 Inaugural of Richard Nixon (Republican):

1965 Inaugural of Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat):

1961 Inaugural of John F. Kennedy (Democrat):

1957 Inaugural of Dwight Eisenhower (Republican):

1953 Inaugural of Dwight Eisenhower (Republican):

1949 Inaugural of Harry Truman (Democrat):

1945 Inaugural of Franklin Roosevelt (Democrat):

1941 Inaugural of Franklin Roosevelt (Democrat):

1937 Inaugural of Franklin Roosevelt (Democrat):

1933 Inaugural of Franklin Roosevelt (Democrat):

1929 Inaugural of Herbert Hoover (Republican):

1925 Inaugural of Calvin Coolidge (Republican):

1921 Inaugural of Warren Harding (Republican):

1917 Inaugural of Woodrow Wilson (Democrat):

1913 Inaugural of Woodrow Wilson (Democrat):

1909 Inaugural of William Taft (Republican):

1905 Inaugural of Theodore Roosevelt (Republican):

1901 Inaugural of William McKinley (Republican):

See also

References and external links

  1. ^ Previous members, listed at the committee's website. They list their sources as inaugural programs, invitations, and other documents available in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol; and the Congressional Record.


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