Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee Announces Leadership for the 113th Congress


Sen. Mark Begich (D – AK), who will serve a second two-year term as chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) will serve as vice chair, Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ) will return for a fourth term as chair of the Hispanic Task Force and Sen. Chris Coons (DE) will serve as chair of Business Outreach.

“I am excited to announce the return of Senator Menendez and the addition of Senators Coons and Shaheen to the Committee. My colleagues and I are energized and ready to tackle the important issues facing our nation. We look forward to continuing to have honest conversations with groups and individuals across the spectrum so that we can craft balanced solutions to our country’s pressing challenges,” Begich said.

“It is an honor to be chosen as the Vice Chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. This committee plays an important role in connecting our communities and facilitating dialogue with our constituents. I am looking forward to the opportunity to help raise the voices of Americans across the country,” added Shaheen.

“It’s an honor to serve as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force and I thank my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to do so.  As we tackle the most pressing issues of our day, from creating jobs and fixing the economy to comprehensive immigration reform, it is critical that we continue to engage Latino communities across the nation and ensure they have a seat at the negotiating table. That is what the Hispanic Task Force is all about,” said Senator Menendez. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Senate Steering and Outreach Committee to continue fighting back for Hispanics and all American families.”

“Engaging directly with community leaders gives senators the opportunity to thoughtfully exchange ideas, hear concerns, and collaborate on our nation’s policy priorities,” Sen. Coons said. “Building bridges is what the Steering and Outreach Committee is all about, and I’m honored to be asked to play a role in shaping the direction of the committee in the next Congress. Businesses play an important role in our economy, and at this critical time in our economic recovery, we need to continue to work with business leaders to help them create jobs and strengthen our communities. I look forward to making the most of this opportunity and helping our caucus continue to engage constructively and productively with the business community.”

About the Senate Democratic Steering & Outreach Committee

The Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee facilitates an ongoing conversation between Senate Democrats and the American public. At the direction of the Chair, the Committee seeks to inform, engage, and mobilize advocacy groups and constituencies to advance the policies and priorities of the Senate Democratic Caucus. The Committee is dedicated to ensuring that diverse communities have a voice within the Democratic Caucus on key issues facing our nation. It is one of two Democratic Leadership Committees in the Senate.


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