Passing The Gavel

As part of the Obama transition, a number of Senators will be leaving Congress and moving over to the White House.  Because of this, a number of Senate chairmanships change hands in the next Congress.

Here are the committees that will be affected:

  • Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations; Replaces Robert Byrd (D-WV), who resigned his chairmanship.
  • Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Was Inouye, who becomes chair of the Appropriations Committee.
  • John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; Upon the resignation of Joe Biden (D-DE).
  • Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairwoman, Senate Intelligence Committee; Was Rockefeller, who will now chair the Commerce Committee.
  • Charles Schumer (D-NY), Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration; Was Feinstein, who will now chair the Intelligence Committee.
  • Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Was Kerry, who will now be chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

And here are the rest, which will remain the same as in the 110th Congress:

  • Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chairman, Senate Special Committee on Aging
  • Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture
  • Carl Levin (D-MI), Chairman, Senate Committee on Armed Services
  • Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Kent Conrad (D-ND), Chairman, Senate Committee on Budget
  • Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Chairman, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairwoman, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance
  • Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Chairman, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Chairman, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
  • Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary
  • Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Chairman, Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs

[All emphasis mine]

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