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Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations was established in 1816 as one of the original ten standing committees of the Senate. Throughout its history, the committee has been instrumental in developing and influencing United States foreign policy, at different times supporting and opposing the policies of presidents and secretaries of state. The committee has considered, debated, and reported important treaties and legislation, ranging from the purchase of Alaska in 1867 to the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. It also holds jurisdiction over all diplomatic nominations. Through these powers, the committee has helped shape foreign policy of broad significance, in matters of war and peace and international relations. Members of the committee have assisted in the negotiation of treaties, and at times have helped to defeat treaties they felt were not in the national interest. (source)

Chair:
Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]
Ranking Member:
Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ]
Republicans:
11
Democrats:
10

The chair is always selected from the majority party and the ranking member is the most senior member of the minority party. The majority party ensures it has a majority on every committee.

Members

Portrait of Bob Corker
Chair
Republican
Tennessee
ex officio, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
Portrait of Robert “Bob” Menéndez
Ranking Member
Democrat
New Jersey
ex officio, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
Portrait of Jeff Flake
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Arizona
chair, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
Portrait of Cory Gardner
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Colorado
Portrait of John “Johnny” Isakson
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Georgia
Portrait of Ron Johnson
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Wisconsin
Portrait of James Risch
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Idaho
Portrait of Marco Rubio
Subcommittee Chair
Republican
Florida
Portrait of Cory Booker
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
New Jersey
ranking member, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy
Portrait of Benjamin Cardin
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
Maryland
Portrait of Timothy Kaine
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
Virginia
ranking member, Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and ...
Portrait of Edward “Ed” Markey
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
Massachusetts
Portrait of Jeff Merkley
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
Oregon
Portrait of Christopher Murphy
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
Connecticut
ranking member, Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation
Portrait of Jeanne Shaheen
Subcommittee Ranking Member
Democrat
New Hampshire
Portrait of John Barrasso
Republican
Wyoming
Portrait of Chris Coons
Democrat
Delaware
Portrait of Rand Paul
Republican
Kentucky
Portrait of Robert “Rob” Portman
Republican
Ohio
Portrait of Tom Udall
Democrat
New Mexico