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The Senate Republican Policy Committee is the policy research arm of the Republican Conference. Its predecessor, the Senate Republican Steering Committee was formed in March 1944 after Leader Charles L. McNary's death. It became formally funded and renamed the Policy Committee in 1947 along with its Democratic counterpart, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, after the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946.
Its leader Roy Blunt—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."
|1947–1953||Robert A. Taft||Ohio|
|1953||William F. Knowland||California|
|1953–1955||Homer S. Ferguson||Michigan|
|1955–1961||Styles Bridges||New Hampshire|
|1962–1969||Bourke B. Hickenlooper||Iowa|
|1985–1991||William L. Armstrong||Colorado|
|2007–2009||Kay Bailey Hutchison||Texas||First woman to hold position|
|2009–2012||John Thune||South Dakota|