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Baucus departure could lead to Wyden chairing Senate Finance Committee and Landrieu chairing Energy


From the December 20, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published December 20, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
If Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., becomes the next ambassador to China, as is widely expected, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., could step down as chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to take over Finance. In that event, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., a staunch ally of oil and natural gas companies, could take the chairmanship of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. 

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is next in line to chair the Finance Committee, but he has announced he will not seek re-election in 2014 and has said he is not interested in succeeding Baucus. The chair would then fall to the next most senior Democrat on the committee, Wyden. Similarly, Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is next in line to lead the Energy Committee. However, Johnson also has announced he will not seek re-election and he already chairs the powerful Banking Committee, so he is considered unlikely to seek to replace Wyden. Landrieu is the next most senior Democrat on the Energy Committee.
 

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