Senate Judiciary Committee Standing committee Active United States Senate 116th Congress History Formed December 10, 1816 Leadership Chair ( Lindsey Graham ) R Since January 3, 2019 Ranking member ( Dianne Feinstein ) D Since January 3, 2017 Structure Seats 22 members Political parties Majority (12) Minority (10) Jurisdiction Policy areas , Federal judiciary , civil procedure , criminal procedure , civil liberties , copyrights , patents , trademarks , naturalization , constitutional amendments , congressional apportionment state and territorial boundary lines Oversight authority , Department of Justice , Department of Homeland Security federal judicial nominations House counterpart House Committee on the Judiciary Meeting place , 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. Website judiciary .senate .gov Rules
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, informally the Senate Judiciary Committee, is a of 22 standing committee whose role is to oversee the U.S. Senators (DOJ), consider Department of Justice nominations, and review pending legislation. executive  
The Judiciary Committee's oversight of the DOJ includes all of the agencies under the DOJ's jurisdiction, such as the
. It also has oversight of the FBI (DHS). The Committee considers presidential nominations for positions in the DOJ, the Department of Homeland Security , the Office of National Drug Control Policy , and certain positions in the State Justice Institute and DHS. It is also in charge of holding hearings and investigating judicial nominations to the Department of Commerce , the Supreme Court , the U.S. court of appeals , and the U.S. district courts . Court of International Trade The  confer jurisdiction to the Senate Judiciary Committee in certain areas, such as considering proposed constitutional amendments and legislation related to Standing Rules of the Senate , federal criminal law , immigration, intellectual property, antitrust law, and human rights law . internet privacy  
Established in 1816 as one of the original standing committees in the United States Senate, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary is one of the oldest and most influential committees in Congress. Its broad legislative jurisdiction has assured its primary role as a forum for the public discussion of social and constitutional issues. The Committee is also responsible for oversight of key activities of the executive branch, and is responsible for the initial stages of the confirmation process of all judicial nominations for the federal judiciary.