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Sen. Cantwell May Leave Energy Committee for Ranking on Commerce

Nov. 7, 2018, 4:07 PM

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) is interested in taking over as ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee if incumbent Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) comes up short in his reelection race, four people familiar with Cantwell’s thinking told Bloomberg Environment.

Nelson is locked in a too-close-to-call contest with Gov. Rick Scott (R) that will require a recount.

Cantwell is currently the ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee alongside Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and is second in line among Democrats on the Commerce Committee.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) may move to ranking post on Commerce panel.
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“If Senator Cantwell had that opportunity, she would have to look ...