New Congress, New Committee Leadership

2019-01-22T16:19:06+00:00 January 22, 2019|
(Credit: Architect of the Capitol)

(Credit: Architect of the Capitol)

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff 

The start of the 116th Congress brings leadership and organizational changes to committees in both chambers due to term limits, personnel changes, and a shift in the House majority. Below are some changes relevant to the ocean science and technology community:

Senate Appropriations Committee

Senator Richard Shelby (AL) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) retain their roles as Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively. Sen. Shelby served as chairman of the committee for a portion of the 115th Congress, following the resignation of Sen. Thad Cochran (MS) due to health issues. Sen. Jerry Moran (KS) is the new chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) continuing as ranking member. The Defense Subcommittee is chaired by Sen. Shelby, with Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) as ranking member.

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Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

Senator Roger Wicker (MS) takes the chairmanship gavel from Sen. John Thune (SD). Replacing Sen. Bill Nelson (FL, former) as the new ranking member is Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA). The subcommittees within the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee have also been reconfigured. The six subcommittees are now the Subcommittee on Science, Oceans, Fisheries, and Weather; the Subcommittee on Security; the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet; the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space; the Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety; and the Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection.

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Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) retained her gavel as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, while Sen. Joe Manchin (WV) replaced Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) as ranking member.

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House Appropriations Committee

Representative Nita Lowey (NY-17), former Ranking Member on the committee, became Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee. Rep. Kay Granger (TX-12) was selected to serve as the Ranking Member on the committee following the retirement of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11, former). The Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee is now chaired by Rep. José Serrano (NY-15). The minority subcommittee rosters and ranking members are still being finalized.

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House Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Former Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) was elected Chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Johnson has served on the committee for 26 years and is the first female and the first African-American Chair of the committee. Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-3) took the top Republican position of Ranking Member following the departure of Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21, former).

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House Transportation and Infrastructure

Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-4) moves from Ranking Member to Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, with Rep. Sam Graves (MO-6) heading the minority as committee Ranking Member.

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