Wicker Named Chairman of Senate Commerce Committee
Thursday, January 10, 2019 | Comments

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker was named chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Sen. John Thune, who has served as chairman of the Commerce Committee for four years, was selected by his colleagues to serve as the Majority Whip for the 116th Congress, precluding him from continuing in his role as committee chairman.

“I thank my colleagues for their support in electing me chairman of the Commerce Committee,” said Wicker. “I would also like to thank Sen. John Thune, the committee’s former chairman, for his exemplary leadership these past four years. The chairmanship is a great responsibility given the committee’s broad jurisdiction across diverse sectors of our economy. I look forward to serving alongside our new ranking member, Sen. Maria Cantwell, and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build on the committee’s successes and continue moving our economy forward.”

Prior to serving as the chairman, Thune served as the committee’s ranking minority member for two years.

“I congratulate Sen. Wicker on his election as chairman of the Commerce Committee by our Republican committee colleagues,” said Thune. “As a longtime member and the leader of our communications and technology subcommittee, he is poised for a successful tenure as chairman. It has been a great honor to lead the committee for the past four years and I’m proud of the work we have done to pass bipartisan legislation for nearly every federal transportation agency, as well as setting policy impacting science, technology and our environment. I want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their support over the past four years, and I look forward to continue serving alongside them as a member of the committee.”

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