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Women Who Have Chaired Congressional Committees, 1923–Present

Through the opening of the 111th Congress, 23 women have chaired congressional committees, including standing, joint, and select panels. This chronological list includes 16 Representatives and seven Senators. Of them, only Representative Mary T. Norton (D-NJ, 1925–1951) chaired more than one standing committee (she chaired a total of four). Congresswoman Corinne “Lindy” Boggs (D-LA, 1973–1991) chaired two select House committees.

House

Congressional Committee Chairs
Congress/Year Member’s Name House Committee
111th (2009–2011) Zoe LofgrenStandards of Official Conduct
 Louise M. SlaughterRules
 Nydia M. VelázquezSmall Business
110th (2007–2009) Stephanie Tubbs JonesStandards of Official Conduct
 Juanita Millender-McDonaldHouse Administration
 Louise M. SlaughterRules
 Nydia M. VelázquezSmall Business
109th (2005–2007) N/A
108th (2003–2005) N/A
107th (2001–2003) N/A
106th (1999–2001) N/A
105th (1997–1999) N/A
104th (1995–1997) Nancy L. JohnsonStandards of Official Conduct
 Jan L. MeyersSmall Business
103rd (1993–1995) N/A
102nd (1991–1993) Patricia S. Schroeder Children, Youth, and Families (Select)
101st (1989–1991) N/A
100th (1987–1989) Corinne Claiborne (Lindy) BoggsAppropriations
99th (1985–1987) Corinne Claiborne (Lindy) BoggsAppropriations
98th (1983–1985) N/A
97th (1981–1983) N/A
96th (1979–1981) N/A
95th (1977–1979) Yvonne Brathwaite Burke House Beauty Shop (Select)
94th (1975–1977) Yvonne Brathwaite Burke House Beauty Shop (Select)
 Susan Margaret Collins Bicentennial Arrangements (Select)
 Leonor K. SullivanMerchant Marine and Fisheries
93rd (1973–1975) Martha Wright Griffiths House Beauty Shop (Select)
 Leonor K. SullivanMerchant Marine and Fisheries
92nd (1971–1973) Martha Wright Griffiths House Beauty Shop (Select)
91st (1969–1971) Martha Wright Griffiths House Beauty Shop (Select)
90th (1967–1969) Martha Wright Griffiths House Beauty Shop (Select)
89th (1965–1967) N/A
88th (1963–1965) N/A
87th (1961–1963) N/A
86th (1959–1961) N/A
85th (1957–1959) N/A
84th (1955–1957) N/A
83rd (1953–1955) Edith Nourse RogersVeterans' Affairs
82nd (1951–1953) N/A
81st (1949–1951) Mary T. NortonHouse Administration

Senate

Black-American Congressional Committee Chairs
Congress/Year Member’s Name Senate Committee
111th (2009–2011) Barbara Boxer Ethics (Select)
 Barbara BoxerEnvironment and Public Works
 Dianne FeinsteinJoint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
 Dianne Feinstein Intelligence (Select)
 Dianne FeinsteinCaucus on International Narcotics Control
 Mary LandrieuSmall Business and Entrepeneurship
110th (2007–2009) Barbara Boxer Ethics (Select)
 Barbara BoxerEnvironment and Public Works
 Dianne FeinsteinJoint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
 Dianne FeinsteinRules and Administration
109th (2005–2007) Susan Margaret CollinsGovernmental Affairs
 Olympia Jean SnoweSmall Business
 Olympia Jean SnoweSmall Business and Entrepeneurship
108th (2003–2005) Susan Margaret CollinsGovernmental Affairs
 Olympia Jean SnoweSmall Business
 Olympia Jean SnoweSmall Business and Entrepeneurship
104th (1995–1997) Nancy Landon KassebaumLabor and Human Resources
78th (1943–1945) Hattie Wyatt CarawayEnrolled Bills
77th (1941–1943) Hattie Wyatt CarawayEnrolled Bills
76th (1939–1941) Hattie Wyatt CarawayEnrolled Bills
75th (1937–1939) Hattie Wyatt CarawayEnrolled Bills
74th (1935–1937) Hattie Wyatt CarawayEnrolled Bills
73rd (1933–1935) Hattie Wyatt CarawayEnrolled Bills