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A Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is a special committee of the United States Congress formed every four years to manage presidential inaugurations. A committee has been formed every four years since at least the 1901 inaugurations of President William McKinley and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.[1]



The members are sitting members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Typically, the House members include the Speaker of the House as well as the House majority and minority leaders. The Senate members are drawn from the leadership of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration (previously known by other names). A senator acts as Chairman of the Joint Committee; the chairman is therefore drawn from the party in control of the Senate, which may or may not be the same party as the president-elect's. Membership in the committee gives its members the opportunity to control tickets to the inauguration ceremonies.

2017 inauguralEdit

The 114th Congress officially created the committee on February 3, 2016 by adopting S.Con.Res. 28, and the 115th continued it by passing S.Con.Res. 1. Its full composition is as follows:[2]

Majority Minority
Senate members
House members

Current and previous committeesEdit

Logo used in 2005

1901 Inaugural of William McKinley (Republican)Edit

1905 Inaugural of Theodore Roosevelt (Republican)Edit

1909 Inaugural of William H. Taft (Republican)Edit

1913 Inaugural of Woodrow Wilson (Democratic)Edit

1917 Inaugural of Woodrow Wilson (Democratic)Edit

1921 Inaugural of Warren G. Harding (Republican)Edit

1925 Inaugural of Calvin Coolidge (Republican)Edit

1929 Inaugural of Herbert Hoover (Republican)Edit

1933 Inaugural of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic)Edit

1937 Inaugural of Franklin Roosevelt (Democratic)Edit

1941 Inaugural of Franklin Roosevelt (Democratic)Edit

1945 Inaugural of Franklin Roosevelt (Democratic)Edit

1949 Inaugural of Harry Truman (Democratic)Edit

1953 Inaugural of Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican)Edit

1957 Inaugural of Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican)Edit

1961 Inaugural of John F. Kennedy (Democratic)Edit

1965 Inaugural of Lyndon Johnson (Democratic)Edit

1969 Inaugural of Richard Nixon (Republican)Edit

1973 Inaugural of Richard Nixon (Republican)Edit

1977 Inaugural of Jimmy Carter (Democratic)Edit

1981 Inaugural of Ronald Reagan (Republican)Edit

1985 Inaugural of Ronald Reagan (Republican)Edit

1989 Inaugural of George H. W. Bush (Republican)Edit

1993 Inaugural of Bill Clinton (Democratic)Edit

1997 Inaugural of Bill Clinton (Democratic)Edit

2001 Inaugural of George W. Bush (Republican)Edit

2005 Inaugural of George W. Bush (Republican)Edit

2009 Inaugural of Barack Obama (Democratic)Edit

2013 Inaugural of Barack Obama (Democratic)Edit

2017 Inaugural of Donald Trump (Republican)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Previous members, listed at the committee's website. (Listing as sources the Congressional Record and inaugural programs, invitations, and other documents available in the Office of the Architect of the Capitol.)
  2. ^ "About The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies". The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 

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