Vice-President • President of the Senate = Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden • Presiding Officer of Senate, rarely in attendance. • Can cast tie breaking vote.
US Senate • Senate Majority Leader - Harry Reid (D-NV) • Gets to be recognized first in debate
Congressional LeadershipUS Senate • Majority Whip - Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) • Organizes party for important votes • Encourages party line voting • Sends out info on daily legislation
Congressional LeadershipUS Senate • Minority Leader - Mitch McConnell (R-KY) • Heads the opposition. Tries to accomplish the legislative goals of Republicans
Congressional LeadershipUS Senate • Minority Whip – John Cornyn (R-TX) • Guides legislation through Congress by trying to secure key votes
Congressional LeadershipUS Senate • President pro Tempore – Patrick Leahy (D-VT) • Position of honor usually given to senator of Majority Party w/ most seniority • Presides when President of Senate is not there • Often hands it over to junior senator
Important Chairpersons • Commerce – John D. Rockefeller IV • Foreign Relations - Robert Menendez • Armed Services – Carl Levin
Congressional Leadership House of Representatives • Speaker of the House - John A. Boehner(R-OH-8th) • Principal leader of majority party - voted in. • Chairs Steering Committee (assigns Reps and influences who will be a chair)
Congressional LeadershipHouse of Representatives • Majority Leader - Kevin McCarthy(R-CA-22nd) • Develops issues and policies for Republican party • Schedules legislative agenda (selects bills for consideration and timing)
Congressional LeadershipHouse of Representatives • Majority Whip - Steve Scalise(R-LA-1st) • Helps party leader keep up with thoughts of his party members • Rounds up members for important votes
Congressional Leadership - House of Representatives Minority Leader - Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA-8th) • Responsible for setting up Democratic agenda and heading the opposition to the majority party • Spokesperson for party
Congressional LeadershipHouse of Representatives • Minority Whip - Steny H. Hoyer(D-MD-5th) Mobilizes the party vote on important legislation • Role of the Whip:Can be traced back to the United Kingdom's Parliament which adopted the term Whip from the fox-hunting position, ‘whipper-in,' or the person who kept the fox hounds focused on their mission.
Other Chairpersons • House Ways and Means – Dave Camp • House Appropriations – Hal Rogers
Patrick Toomey (2010) Bob Casey (2006) Pennsylvania’s Senators