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Landrieu To Chair Powerful Senate Committee

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U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is moving to a new position in Congress. She'll be leading the powerful Senate committee that deals with energy policy and mineral leasing, a key panel for one of Louisiana's top industries.

Senate Democrats voted Tuesday to name Landrieu chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, in a reshuffling of committee leadership after Montana Sen. Max Baucus was appointed U.S. ambassador to China.
The new role comes as Landrieu, a Democrat in her third term, is in a tough re-election fight. It could help raise her profile on oil and gas issues important in her home state.

She'll officially take the chair's job on Thursday. The last Louisiana senator to hold the energy chairmanship was J. Bennett Johnston, a Democrat, nearly 20 years ago.


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