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December 12, 2012

Elizabeth Warren Formally Gets Banking Committee Slot

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Elizabeth Warren

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren officially received her committee assignments today, and she will sit on the Senate Banking Committee, with key oversight over Wall Street and the financial system. Progressives agitated for weeks for Warren to get this spot, and in the end it wasn’t that difficult a lift. I’m looking forward to future hearings from the committee, especially when Wall Street’s finest makes the trip to testify.

Warren joins Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp as new members on the Banking Committee, which will still be chaired by Tim Johnson. Manchin, the most conservative member of the incoming Democratic caucus, could be a counterpoint to Warren on the committee. Heitkamp is an interesting addition. Her state of North Dakota has a state-owned public bank, the only one of its kind in the United States, which has thrived during the Great Recession. You can attribute most of that to the economic boom in North Dakota generally, thanks to the explosion of oil production in the Bakken shale region. But activists like Ellen Brown have lauded the idea of public banking, and Heitkamp may serve as an interesting choice, given the Bank of North Dakota’s prominence in that debate.

In addition to the Banking Committee, Warren will sit on the Senate HELP Committee – now a very liberal group, with Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Chris Murphy, Chairman Tom Harkin, Bernie Sanders, Sheldon Whitehouse and Al Franken serving on it – and the Senate Committee on Aging. Despite her law professor profile, she missed out on a Judiciary Committee spot – the one opening was filled by incoming Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono.

Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin got a spot on the Senate Budget Committee, which should sober her Wisconsin Senate colleague Ron Johnson, who doesn’t think she can handle big ol’ numbers, being a girl and all. Baldwin will also serve on HELP, the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, and the Committee on Aging.

New chairpersons include Ron Wyden (Energy), Tom Carper (Homeland Security), Bill Nelson (Aging), Patty Murray (Budget), Maria Cantwell (Indian Affairs) and Bernie Sanders (Veteran’s Affairs).

I’ll put the full roster of committee assignments on the flip.

AGRICULTURE – 113th Congress
Leahy
Harkin
Baucus
Stabenow – CHAIRMAN
Sherrod Brown
Casey
Klobuchar
Bennet
Gillibrand
Donnelly
Heitkamp

APPROPRIATIONS – 113th
Inouye – CHAIRMAN
Leahy
Harkin
Mikulski
Murray
Feinstein
Durbin
Tim Johnson
Landrieu
Reed
Lautenberg
Pryor
Tester
Tom Udall
Shaheen
Merkley

ARMED SERVICES – 113th
Levin – CHAIRMAN
Reed
Bill Nelson
McCaskill
Mark Udall
Hagan
Begich
Manchin
Shaheen
Gillibrand
Blumenthal
Donnelly
Kaine
King

BANKING – 113th
Tim Johnson – CHAIRMAN
Reed
Schumer
Menendez
Sherrod Brown
Tester
Warner
Merkley
Hagan
Manchin
Warren
Heitkamp

COMMERCE – 113th
Inouye
Rockefeller – CHAIRMAN
Kerry
Boxer
Bill Nelson
Cantwell
Lautenberg
Pryor
McCaskill
Klobuchar
Warner
Begich
Blumenthal

ENERGY – 113th
Wyden – CHAIRMAN
Tim Johnson
Landrieu
Cantwell
Sanders
Stabenow
Mark Udall
Franken
Manchin
Coons
Hirono
Heinrich

EPW – 113th
Baucus
Boxer – CHAIRMAN
Carper
Lautenberg
Cardin
Sanders
Whitehouse
Tom Udall
Merkley
Gillibrand

FINANCE – 113th
Baucus – CHAIRMAN
Rockefeller
Kerry
Wyden
Schumer
Stabenow
Cantwell
Bill Nelson
Menendez
Carper
Cardin
Sherrod Brown
Bennet

FOREIGN RELATIONS – 113th
Kerry – CHAIRMAN
Boxer
Menendez
Cardin
Casey
Shaheen
Coons
Tom Udall
Murphy
Kaine

HELP – 113th
Harkin – CHAIRMAN
Mikulski
Murray
Sanders
Casey
Hagan
Franken
Bennet
Whitehouse
Baldwin
Murphy
Warren

HSGAC – 113th
Levin
Carper – CHAIRMAN
Pryor
Landrieu
McCaskill
Tester
Begich
Baldwin
Heitkamp

INTELLIGENCE – 113th
Rockefeller
Feinstein – CHAIRMAN
Wyden
Mikulski
Mark Udall
Warner
Heinrich
King

JUDICIARY – 113th
Leahy – CHAIRMAN
Feinstein
Schumer
Durbin
Whitehouse
Klobuchar
Franken
Coons
Blumenthal
Hirono

AGING – 113th
Wyden
Bill Nelson – CHAIRMAN
Casey
McCaskill
Whitehouse
Gillibrand
Manchin
Blumenthal
Baldwin
Donnelly
Warren

BUDGET – 113th
Murray – CHAIRMAN
Wyden
Bill Nelson
Stabenow
Sanders
Whitehouse
Warner
Merkley
Coons
Baldwin
Kaine
King

JOINT ECONOMIC – 113th
Casey – CHAIRMAN
Klobuchar
Warner
Sanders
Murphy
Heinrich

RULES – 113th
Inouye
Feinstein
Schumer – CHAIRMAN
Durbin
Murray
Pryor
Tom Udall
Warner
Leahy
King

SMALL BUSINESS – 113th
Levin
Harkin
Kerry
Landrieu – CHAIRMAN
Cantwell
Pryor
Cardin
Shaheen
Hagan
Heitkamp

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS – 113th
Rockefeller
Murray
Sanders – CHAIRMAN
Sherrod Brown
Tester
Begich
Blumenthal
Hirono

ETHICS – 113th
Boxer – CHAIRMAN
Pryor
Sherrod Brown

INDIAN AFFAIRS – 113th
Inouye
Tim Johnson
Cantwell – CHAIRMAN
Tester
Tom Udall
Franken
Begich
Heitkamp

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