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The United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) generally considers matters relating to health, education, labor, and pensions. Its jurisdiction extends beyond these issues to include several more specific areas, as defined by Senate rules.


Jurisdictional areas

Members, 111th Congress

The chairman of the committee is Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa,[1] and the Ranking Minority Member is Republican Mike Enzi of Wyoming. The Committee was chaired by Democrat Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts until his death on August 25, 2009. Under seniority rules, Acting Chairman Christopher Dodd was next in line, but chose instead to remain chairman of the Senate Banking Committee.[2] Tom Harkin, next in line for seniority, assumed the chairmanship on September 9, 2009,[1] vacating his post as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.[3]

Majority Minority

Source: 2009 Congressional Record, Vol. 155, Page S730 , S9910


Subcommittee Chair Ranking Minority Member
Subcommittee on Children and Families Chris Dodd (D-CT) Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Patty Murray (D-WA) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Richard Burr (R-NC)

Defunct subcommittees

The committee has had other notable subcommittees in the past, such as:


Education 1869–1870

Education and Labor, 1884–1947

Labor and Public Welfare, 1947–1977

Human Resources, 1977–1979

Labor and Human Resources, 1979–1999

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, 1999–present

See also


  1. ^ a b 2009 Congressional Record, Vol. 155, Page S9189 ; S.Res. 257
  2. ^ Paul Kane, Ben Pershing. "Dodd Decides Against Taking Over Senate Health Committee". Washington Post. 
  3. ^ "Life after Ted Kennedy: all eyes on Chris Dodd -". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  4. ^ Sanders is an independent, but caucuses with the Democrats and counts as a Democrat for the purposes of committee assignments.

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