Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Asian American Senate leadership

Americablog has a fascinatinig look at the anticipated Senate committee chairs and members - of special note is that both Asian American Senators from Hawaii Inouye and Akaka (congrats on re-election!) are chairing committees. Akaka will chair the Veterans Committee, which is a fitting role since he served in WWII, and Inouye will head the Commerce Committee.

Akaka's other assignments include: Armed Services, Banking, Energy, Homeland and Government Affairs, Indian Affairs (also fitting because of his Native Hawaiian constituents who are trying to gain recognition)

Veterans
CHAIR: Akaka
Rockefeller
Murray
Obama
Sanders
Brown
Webb
Tester


Inouye's other assignments include: the politically potent Appropriations (they dole out the moolah), Commerce, and Rules (lair of the wonks and procedural masters like Harry Reid), and Indian Affairs (also fitting because of his Native Hawaiian constituents who are trying to gain recognition)
Commerce
CHAIR: Inouye
Rockefeller
Kerry
Dorgan
Boxer
Nelson (Fl)
Cantwell
Lautenberg
Pryor
Carper
McCaskill
Klobuchar

These are some plum assignments, especially for Inouye, and I'll be waiting eagerly to see what type of leadership roles Asian American Congress members take in the House after the dust settles on their end.

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