In the United States Senate, there are 56 Democrats, 41 Republicans and 2 Independents (who plan to caucus with Democrats) in the US Senate. :1 One seat in the Senate remains undecided: that of Minnesota, where challenger Al Franken (D) holds a 225-vote lead over incumbent Norm Coleman (R) (for more information, see the US 2008 election results page).

Democratic LeadershipEdit

On November 14, 2006, the Democratic caucus met in the Old Senate Chamber to decide on party leaders. Beginning in 2009, members of the 111th Congress (for the most part) kept that leadership. The following members were selected to serve in the leadership:

Position Member
Majority Leader
Chairman of Democratic Caucus
Harry Reid (Nev.)
Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.)
Vice-chair of Democratic Caucus Charles Schumer (N.Y)
Chairman of DSCC Robert Menendez (N.J.)
Conference secretary Patty Murray (Wash.)
Chair of the steering committee Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)

Republican LeadershipEdit

The Senate Republican caucus selected the following members to serve as their leadership:

Position Member
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)
Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.)
Conference Chair Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)
Conference Vice-Chair John Thune (S.D.)
Policy Committee Chairman John Ensign (Nev.)
Chairman of the NRSC John Cornyn (Texas)

Committee ChairmanshipsEdit

The following members were selected to serve as committee chairs during the 111th Congress, and ranking members based on the information available on November 24, 2008.

Committee Chairperson Ranking Member
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and ForestryAgriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) Sen. Saxby Chambliss, (R-Ga.)
Senate Committee on AppropriationsAppropriations Sen. Daniel Inouye, (D-Hawaii) Sen. Thad Cochran, (R-Miss.)
Senate Armed Services CommitteeArmed Services Committee Sen. Carl Levin, (D-Mich.) Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.)
Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban AffairsBanking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Sen. Christopher Dodd, (D-Conn.) Sen. Richard Shelby, (R-Ala.)
Senate Committee on the BudgetBudget Sen. Kent Conrad, (D-N.D.) Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-N.H.)
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and TransportationCommerce, Science, and Transportation Sen. Jay Rockefeller, (D-W.Va.) Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, (R-Texas)
Senate Committee on Energy and Natural ResourcesEnergy and Natural Resources Sen. Jeff Bingaman, (D-N.M.) TBA
Senate Committee on Environment and Public WorksEnvironment and Public Works Sen. Barbara Boxer, (D-Calif.) Sen. James Inhofe, (R-Okla.)
Senate Select Committee on EthicsEthics Sen. Tim Johnson, (D-S.D.) Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Texas)
Senate Committee on FinanceFinance Sen. Max Baucus, (D-Mont.) Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa)
Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsForeign Relations Sen. John Kerry, (D-Mass.) Sen. Richard Lugar, (D-Ind.)
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsHealth, Education, Labor, and Pensions Sen. Ted Kennedy, (D-Mass.) Sen. Mike Enzi, (R-Wyo.)
Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental AffairsHomeland Security & Governmental Affairs Sen. Joe Lieberman, (I/D-Conn.) Sen. Susan Collins, (R-Maine)
Senate Committee on Indian AffairsIndian Affairs Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D-N.D.) Sen. Lisa Murkowski, (R-Ark.)
Senate Select Committee on IntelligenceIntelligence Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.) Sen. Pat Roberts, (R-Kan.)
Senate Committee on the JudiciaryJudiciary Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D-Vt.) Sen. Arlen Specter, (R-Penn.)
Senate Committee on Rules and AdministrationRules and Administration Sen. Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.) Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah)
Senate Committee on Small Business and EntrepreneurshipSmall Business and Entrepreneurship Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D-La.) Sen. Olympia Snowe, (R-Maine)
Senate Special Committee on AgingSpecial Committee on Aging Sen. Herb Kohl, (D-Wis.) TBA
Senate Committee on Veterans' AffairsVeterans' Affairs Sen. Daniel Akaka, (D-Hawaii) TBA


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