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LeMieux heading for Armed Services committee



U.S. Senator George LeMieux will serve on the Armed Services Committee, the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee, and the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging. The appointments are subject to ratification by the Republican Conference, which votes tomorrow.

Also, Kerry Feehery, former director of Gov. Charlie Crist's Washington office, has joined LeMieux's as a deputy chief of staff, a title Vivian Myrtetus also has. Ken Lundberg, who was Martinez's communications director, is staying on as well. A chief of staff has not yet been named.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on these important committees that oversee and influence areas directly impacting the lives of every Floridian," LeMieux said in a statement. "I will be an active member on each assignment, seeking solutions to the wide range of issues brought before these committees. I thank Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for his assistance in securing these key positions."

“I look forward to George’s contributions. He understands the importance of these committees and the Senate’s role and responsibility of oversight, especially at a time of war and economic challenge,” said U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. “His intelligence, interests and abilities will help him make a significant difference.”

LeMieux on his committee assignments:

“I welcome the opportunity to serve on the Armed Services Committee. Florida has more than twenty military installations making our continued representation on this committee vital. National security is one of the primary responsibilities of the Federal government and I will be an active voice for our military men and women and the substantial number of military communities in Florida.

“The Commerce Committee oversees a great number of issues that directly affect Florida’s diverse interests, investments and economy. I will use this assignment to ensure Floridians have a strong voice in areas affecting transportation, tourism, aerospace, shipping, and the environment.

“With nearly three million people over the age of 65, Florida leads the nation in elderly population; I will be their voice helping to shape recommendations for health care, financial regulation, retirement options, and other issues pending before the Senate.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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