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Politics: Udall, Heinrich and Luján land new committee seats

By The Staff

U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) will begin serving on the Senate Committee on Appropriations in the New Year, his office reported this week.

“A seat on the Appropriations Committee is very meaningful for New Mexico,” Udall said. “From the labs, to the military bases and our public lands, we have a large federal presence in our state. I have no illusions about the difficult economic times and budgetary constraints our nation is facing, and I am eager to do my best and defend New Mexico through the appropriations process.”

Udall was an appropriator in the House of Representatives from 2006-2008 before being elected to the Senate.
In addition to Appropriations, he will continue serving on the committees on Foreign Relations Environment and Public Works, Indian Affairs and Rules and Administration.

U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich will serve on the Energy and Natural Resources, Intelligence, and Joint Economic committees when he moves to the senate in the 113th Congress. Heinrich, who replaces retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico, issued the following statement regarding his committee assignments:

“I’m honored and excited for the opportunity to serve on committees that will have a meaningful impact on New Mexico. From growing our economy, to positioning New Mexico as a leader in clean energy, to strengthening our national labs, I will continue to fight for what matters most to our state. By fostering the ingenuity and innovation that resides not only in our universities, labs, and small businesses but also in the minds of our students, scientists, entrepreneurs, and workers we will strengthen our economy and make it work for everyone.”

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) was named to the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week by the Democratic Policy and Steering Committee. Luján will enter his third term in the House of Representatives.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to represent the interests of New Mexico as a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.  This opportunity will enable me to build on my work not only over the past few years in Congress on issues from consumer protection to energy, but on my past efforts as a member of the Public Regulation Commission.”

Also this week, Bingaman delivered his farewell address on the Senate floor.

“I consider it an honor and a privilege to have represented the people of New Mexico in the Senate for the last 30 years.  I thank the people of my state for their confidence in electing me and supporting me during the time I have served here.  I thank the very capable and committed men and women who have worked on my staff both in Washington and in New Mexico during these 30 years.

“And I thank all my colleagues here in the Senate for their friendship and help to me during this period.

“Of course I thank my wife, Anne and our son John and his wife Marlene for their support that allowed me to serve in the Senate.

“To all my friends and colleagues who will be here in the next Congress and in future Congresses, I hope you can find the common ground necessary for our country to effectively move forward and meet its challenges. The endeavor is a worthy one and I wish you every success.”