AASHTO Journal, 14 February 2014
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced that Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) has been tapped to serve as the committee’s newest member. Markey fills the seat left by retiring Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who recently became the U.S. ambassador to China.
“Senator Markey will be a great addition to the Environment and Public Works Committee because of his proven effectiveness as a legislator,” Boxer said in a statement. “He has shown great leadership on the issues that the EPW Committee is working on right now, including addressing climate change, investing in critical transportation and water infrastructure, and ensuring that our nuclear facilities are safe and secure. I welcome Sen. Markey to this committee and look forward to working with him on these critical issues.”
Markey said he was anxious to get working with the committee.
“The work done on the Environment and Public Works Committee is proof that we can have a healthy economy and a healthy environment at the same time, creating jobs even as we cut pollution,” Markey said. “Whether it’s repairing our roads and bridges, expanding commerce at Boston Harbor, or combating climate change, I am going to use my service on this committee to help Massachusetts now and in the future.”
In addition, newly sworn in Sen. John Walsh (D-MT), who filled the Senate seat left by Baucus in his resignation, has been tapped to serve on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, according to a story by the Associated Press. Prior to filling Baucus’ seat, Walsh served as Montana’s lieutenant governor.