Baldwin assigned to high-profile committees

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Tammy Baldwin during her campaign for the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin, D, will serve on several high-profile committees in the 113th Congress. She’s assigned to the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; the Budget Committee; the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

In a statement, Baldwin said, “These committee assignments provide me the opportunity to make a difference for Wisconsin families and businesses across our state. I am looking forward to working across party lines, bringing people together and working to move our economy forward for the middle class and small businesses.

She added, “I have spent my career in public service working to strengthen essential pillars of middle-class economic security like education, health care and retirement security and I am excited to have the opportunity to continue that work in the U.S. Senate on behalf of people of Wisconsin.”

Baldwin has made access to affordable health care a priority in her political career and was a champion of the Affordable Care Act in the House, where she also served six years on the budget committee.

“Our country faces two challenges – moving our economic recovery forward by creating jobs, and confronting our deficit and debt,” said Baldwin, who defeated Tommy Thompson in November to become the first woman from Wisconsin elected to the Senate and the first openly gay person elected to that chamber. “We must face both of these challenges at the same time and do it in a balanced way. I am confident we can meet these dual challenges and serving on the Budget Committee will be a great opportunity to be a part of both parties working together to make it happen.”

Of her appointment to Homeland Security and Government Affairs, Baldwin said, “Keeping the American people safe is a responsibility I have always taken seriously as a member of Congress and I am honored to have an opportunity to serve on this Senate committee, working to strengthen our national security. I also look forward to bringing Wisconsin’s proud progressive tradition and high standards of transparency and accountability to the important work this committee does to make sure government serves taxpayers in an efficient and effective way.”

She said she’s also “very proud to carry on Senator Kohl’s work for Wisconsin seniors. As chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Herb served with great accomplishment standing up for seniors in our state and across the country.”

Baldwin will be sworn in to the U.S. Senate on Jan. 3.