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Manchin named ranking member of Senate Energy Committee

December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON — West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was named a ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Tuesday, Majority Whip Sen. Chuck Schumer announced.

Manchin has been a member of the committee since being elected to the Senate in 2010.

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve West Virginians in this new role as the lead Democrat on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,” Manchin said in a release. “This committee has a long history of bipartisanship that has helped propel our nation’s energy technology forward. West Virginia is a leading energy producer and major contributor to advanced energy technologies, and I intend to ensure this progress is continued. The problems facing our country are serious, and I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find common-sense solutions for long-term, comprehensive energy policy that incorporates an all-of-the-above strategy and ensures our state and our nation are leaders in the energy future.”

The Energy and Natural Resources Committee also holds jurisdiction over issues pertaining to the nation’s public lands and territories.