During the week of December 15, Senate leaders announced committee assignments for new Senators and additions of sitting Senators to committees for the 114th Congress. Democratic committee leaders have been made official. Chairs of committees are not yet official.
Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) is expected to chair the Senate Committee on Appropriations, while Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), who has been the chair, now will serve as Ranking Member. Newly assigned members of this committee are Senators-elect Joni Ernst (R-IA), David Perdue (R-GA), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Chris Murphy (D-CT).
Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is expected to resume his role as Chair of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, a position he held when Republicans last were in the majority in the Senate. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will serve as Ranking Member. Newly assigned to this committee are Senators-elect Tom Cotton (D-AR), Michael Rounds (R-SD), and Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
As reported last week (see Memo, 12/15), Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) challenged current Ranking Member Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to become the new Chair of the Senate Committee on the Budget. This week Senator Sessions announced that he would defer to Senator Enzi who has slightly more seniority than Senator Sessions on the influential panel. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will serve as the committee’s Ranking Member. Newly assigned members of this committee are Senator-elect David Perdue (R-GA) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).
Senator Orrin Hatch is expected to serve as Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, while Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), who chaired the committee in 2014, will serve as Ranking Member. Newly assigned members of this committee are Senators Dan Coats (R-IN), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Tim Scott (R-SC).
The list of all Senate Republican committee assignments are at http://www.republican.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/blog?ID=cccbb684-0ead-473b-8f51-2f5dee96acb2
The list of all Senate Democratic committee assignments are at http://democrats.senate.gov/committees/#.VJHe6tLF9IQ