Senate Republican Policy Committee

In the United States Senate, the Republican Policy Committee is the policy research arm of the Republican Conference. It was established in 1947 along with its Democratic counterpart, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

Its leader, the Policy Committee chairman, is the fourth-ranking Republican in the Senate, behind the Republican Leader, the Republican Whip, and the Republican Conference Chairman.

According to Congressional Quarterly, "the Policy Committee is in effect a legislative think tank. The committee organizes the prominent Tuesday lunches with summaries of major bills, analysis of roll call votes and distribution of issue papers."[1]

List of chairmen

Dates Name State Notes
1947–1952 Robert A. Taft Ohio  
1953 William F. Knowland California  
1954 Homer S. Ferguson Michigan  
1955–1961 Styles Bridges New Hampshire  
1962–1968 Bourke B. Hickenlooper Iowa  
1969–1972 Gordon Allott Colorado  
1973–1985 John Tower Texas  
1985–1990 William L. Armstrong Colorado  
1991–1996 Don Nickles Oklahoma  
1996–2003 Larry Craig Idaho  
2003–2007 Jon Kyl Arizona  
2007–2009 Kay Bailey Hutchison Texas First woman to hold position
2009 John Ensign Nevada Resigned
2009–2011 John Thune South Dakota
2012– John Barrasso Wyoming


  1. Archived November 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
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