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."[1]

List of chairs

Dates Name State Notes
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
1969–1973 Gordon Allott Colorado
1973–1985 John Tower Texas
1985–1991 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
2009–2012 John Thune South Dakota
2012–2018 John Barrasso Wyoming
2019–present Roy Blunt Missouri


  1. ^ [1] Archived November 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine