Power on Capitol Hill: A look at the Utah delegation's committee assignments

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 19 2013 12:04 p.m. MST

Congress is home to 435 Representatives and 100 Senators, which — when mixed with thousands of bills, hundreds of hearings and myriad markup sessions — can raise questions about one person's ability to influence change in Washington, D.C.

Within the House and Senate, though, individuals stand to gain more influence through the committee system.

According to the Senate website, the Senate divides its tasks among 20 committees, 68 subcommittees and 4 joint committees. Each party assigns its own members to committees, and each committee distributes its members among subcommittees.

In the House, there are 20 current standing committees with a plethora of subcommittees. Members express a preference for assignment on specific committees, and a committee on committees then tries to match preferences with committee slots.

Utah's four representatives and two senators represent the state on more than 45 combined committees and subcommittees.

Here's a look at where Utah's leaders are in Washington and what policy areas they have the power to influence.
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