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The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary oversees the U.S. Department of Justice, law enforcement functions of other agencies including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It approves nominations both for appointment in executive agencies under its jurisdiction, and also advice and consent to Federal judicial nominations under Article III of the United States Constitution.

The current chairman is Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)), while the ranking minority member is Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama).

Other jurisdiction

  • Apportionment of Representatives
  • Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and counterfeiting
  • Civil liberties
  • Constitutional amendments
  • Federal courts and judges
  • Government information
  • Holidays and celebrations
  • Immigration and naturalization
  • Interstate compacts generally
  • Judicial proceedings, civil and criminal, generally
  • Local courts in territories and possessions
  • Measures relating to claims against the United States
  • National penitentiaries and prisons
  • Patent Office
  • Patents, copyrights, and trademarks
  • Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies
  • Revision and codification of the statutes of the United States
  • State and territorial boundary lines

Subcommittees