WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee have unanimously selected U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to be the ranking Republican on the committee.
Murkowski assumes the top post after serving six years on the committee. Murkowski, who replaces retiring Sen. Pete Domenici of
“It’s a great honor to be entrusted with the leadership of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee at a time when energy is a top economic and national security concern for the country,” Murkowski said.
"It’s essential that we take a balanced approach to energy policy. While we need to improve energy efficiency and conservation, and expand development of renewable energy, we must also continue to support responsible development of traditional sources of energy,” Murkowski said. “We cannot cut ourselves off from fossil fuels overnight, but we can, and should, begin the transition to a renewable, clean energy future.”
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico, welcomed Murkowski’s appointment as the ranking Republican on the panel.
“Sen. Murkowski brings both expertise and dedication to working in a bipartisan way on the serious energy challenges that are central to our nation’s economic strength.” Chairman Bingaman said. “I look forward to continuing to work with Sen. Murkowski on the important tasks before us.”
Also appointed to the energy committee were Republican Sens. Sam Brownback of
They join Republican Sens. Richard Burr of
Subcommittee appointments are still being determined.