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