Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has appointed Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to serve as the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to be the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee in the 114th Congress that will convene in January.
The Democratic leadership position in the Banking Committee became open with the retirement of Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD). Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), who has been the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is vacating that lead Democratic position to become the Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is expected to resume his role as the Chairman of the Banking Committee, a position he held when the Republicans were last in the majority in the Senate. The current Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee is Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) is challenging Senator Sessions to become the new Budget Committee Chairman.
In response to the announcement about Senator Brown, Bill Faith of the Coalition on Homeless and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) and NLIHC board member said, “We are very excited that Senator Brown was chosen for this critically important position. He has such a strong track record of fighting for housing that is safe and affordable for the lowest-income Americans, standing up for consumer protections against predatory lenders and Wall Street, and helping homeowners avoid foreclosure. He will make Ohio proud in his new leadership role on this prestigious committee.”
Senator Brown’s media release is at
Senator Sanders’s media release is at