Senator Cantwell to lead Indian Affairs Committee in the 113th Congress >>

January 3rd, 2013

Senator Cantwell to lead Indian Affairs Committee in the 113th Congress

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) was recently selected by Democratic Leadership to serve as the new Chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs during the 113th Congress. Senator Cantwell will be the first woman to lead the Committee and will be one of seven female Committee Chairs in the next Congress. She will assume the Committee reigns from outgoing Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) who retired at the end of the 112th Congress. Akaka was the first Native Hawaiian to serve as Chair of the Committee.

Senator Cantwell has been a member of the Committee since 2001 and is widely recognized for her work on behalf of tribes in Washington State and around the country. “The 29 federally recognized tribes in our state contribute greatly to the state’s cultural diversity, heritage and economy,” Cantwell said. She added, “The tribes in our country are important to our states and our country. I look forward to the opportunities that being the Chair of this Committee provides.”

The Committee will have eight Democratic members in the 113th Congress, which will include two new members. Senators Tim Johnson (SD), Jon Tester (MT), Tom Udall (NM), and Al Franken (MN) will be joined by Senators Mark Begich (AK) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND).

Note: The Committee will include a replacement member for the late Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI), who was expected to serve on the Committee prior to his recent and unexpected passing.

For more information about the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, please visit: http://indian.senate.gov/

For more information about Democratic committee assignments, please visit: http://democrats.senate.gov/2012/12/12/committee-assignments-for-113th-congress-approved-by-democratic-steering-committee/

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