Who Runs The Foreign Affairs Committee? John Kerry and Joe Biden Both Have History With This Lesser-Known Organization That Clearly Serves Agendas of the Elite.
The United States Foreign Affairs Committee or the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is one of the most powerful Committees in the United States Senate as it reserves the right to initially approve all State Department nominees.
The current Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is John Kerry who had unsuccessfully run for president in 2004 against President George W. Bush and has sat on the Committee for years.
Prior to Kerry taking over as the Chairman of the Committee, current Vice President Joe Biden served in that post since the Democrats won back the Senate in 2006 and was one of the leading Democratic voices against the mismanagement of Iraq by the Bush Administration for years.
Before Biden took over the position, Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana served as the Chairman from 2003 to 2007 after already having held the position from 1985 to 1987.
Foreing Affairs Committee Chairman: John Kerry
Senator John Kerry took over as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in 2009 at the beginning of the 111th United States Congress after the previous Chairman, Joe Biden, became the Vice President of the United States.
Kerry has been in the Senate since 1985 and had served as Massachusetts’ Lieutenant Governor and District Attorney before that. Kerry is best known for his near presidential win in the 2004 presidential elections against George Bush which he lost by less than 2.5 percent and just thirty-five electoral votes.
Kerry has always been a power player, heading up the Senate Iran-Contra hearings and numerous other high profile events. Kerry was on the short list to be picked by Al Gore as his running mate in 2000 and would run for President himself four years later.
Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman: Joe Biden
Joe Biden served as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2001 to 2003 and from 2007 to 2009 and had also served as the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee from 1987 to 1995.
Biden was elected to office before he was even old enough to serve and had been there for thirty five years before becoming the 47th Vice President of the United States.
While on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden’s pet project was the war on drugs until the War on Terror began and was horribly mismanaged by the George Bush Administration.
Joe Biden ran for president in 2008 and campaigned mostly on his plan for Iraq which included splitting Iraq into three separate entities with their own governments to function under a weaker central government. Biden put this position to the test when he introduced a non-binding resolution that suggested his strategy which passed the Senate with more than seventy votes but never really went anywhere.
Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman: Richard Lugar
Richard Lugar is the former two-time Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee having served in the position from 1985 to 1987 and then from 2003 to 2007.
The accomplished Senator from Indiana is currently the Ranking Member on the Committee and is the longest serving Republican in the Senate having been there since 1977.
Lugar, who will retire in 2011, is one of the few Republicans (along with Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel and New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici) who spoke out against George Bush’s Iraq War in 2007 and was a candidate to serve as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama.