Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., will become ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee when the 114th Congress convenes in January.
Ms. Murray, chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee in the current Congress, will remain a member there as well.
Ms. Murray, who worked on passage of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, said in a statement that she will work with incoming Chairman Lamar Alexander R-Tenn., who was the previous ranking member, and other HELP Committee members “to tackle some of the most critical issues” including retirement security. Her priorities will include “making some much-needed updates to strengthen retirement policies for workers so they can make the best decisions for them and their families,” an aide said.
“Making progress on these priorities will take continued bipartisanship, but I believe the work we did to pass a bipartisan budget deal last year showed that Democrats and Republicans can come together on challenging issues and deliver results,” Ms. Murray said in the statement.
Current HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is retiring.