Legislative Branch

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress was established under authority of Public Law 101-509 (November 5, 1990) to advise Congress and the Archivist of the United States on the management and preservation of the records of Congress.

The Advisory Committee is comprised of the officials in Congress responsible for its records (the Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate); the Senate Historian and the House Historian; and the Archivist of the United States (who is responsible for the administration of the archived records of Congress). House and Senate leadership appoint public members of the committee who represent historians, political scientists, congressional archivists, and other users and caretakers of legislative records.

The Committee meets twice a year as required by law and continues to work actively to promote a more complete documentation of the legislative process.

Committee Members

Karen Haas, Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives (chair)
Julie Adams, Secretary, U.S. Senate (co-chair)
David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
Betty Koed, Historian, U.S. Senate
Matthew Wasniewski, Historian, U.S. House of Representatives
John A. Lawrence, Ph.D., Visiting Faculty at the University of California, Washington, DC campus
Sharon Leon, Associate Professor, Department of History, Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Initiative, Michigan State University
Carol Mandel, Dean, Division of Libraries, New York University
Lori Schwartz, Hagel Archivist, Archives and Special Collections, University of Nebraska
Deborah Skaggs Speth, Archivist (retired), U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and Elaine L. Chao Archives, University of Louisville McConnell Center
Sheryl Vogt, Director, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries

Upcoming Meeting

The next meeting will be June 21, 2019. Additional information about the meeting will be posted as the meeting approaches. Please contact the Center with any questions.  

Committee Reports

Meeting Minutes