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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced the ranking members for the 116th Congress this week. Most of the leadership posts will remain the same for the next Congress, but one appointment drew the ire of some Democrats.

Sen. Joe Manchin

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a right-leaning Democrat, was named ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce despite objections from progressive groups.

The panel oversees the Energy and Interior departments, including public lands, energy efficiency standards and fossil fuel production.

Many liberal Democrats fear coal-ally Manchin may impede progress on legislation to combat climate change, a major policy imitative for Democrats in the next Congress. In a statement, Manchin spoke about the energy priorities of West Virginia and the history of the panel, but did not mention climate change.


Here is a full list of Senate Democratic Ranking Members for the 116th Congress. New posts are listed with an asterisk.


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Alex Kraynak

Alex Kraynak

Congressional Team Leader