Is This Seat Taken?

Landrieu campaigning for Energy chairmanship, hoping to boost reelection.

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Sept. 26, 2013, 7:29 a.m.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) is ag­gress­ively and pub­licly cam­paign­ing to be­come the chair­wo­man of the Sen­ate En­ergy and Nat­ur­al Re­sources Com­mit­tee, with the know­ledge that have seni­or­ity on a pan­el that con­trols oil and gas is­sues could be key in her reelec­tion race.

With Sens. Max Baucus (R-MT) and Tim John­son (D-SD) re­tir­ing, if Demo­crats re­tain the Sen­ate ma­jor­ity, Landrieu is poised to be­come chair­wo­man of the com­mit­tee. “[R]em­ind­ing voters and donors in the en­ergy sec­tor” — who are already ma­jor con­trib­ut­ors to her cam­paign — “that she stands to gain a power­ful po­s­i­tion might boost her pro­spects for re­turn­ing.” Landrieu told a re­cent audi­ence: “I am look­ing for­ward to the pos­sib­il­ity of be­ing the chair of the En­ergy Com­mit­tee in the United States Sen­ate.” (En­vir­on­ment & En­ergy Daily)
Sarah Mimms


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