Audio (Washington, D.C.) – Today the Senate Democratic
Caucus of the 110th Congress elected Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) as Conference Secretary. The new post means Murray will be part of the four-person elected leadership team responsible for running the Democratic Caucus for the new Senate majority. The position will take effect when the 110th Congress convenes in January 2007. As Conference Secretary of the Democratic Caucus, Murray will help develop the majority's agenda and will help move legislation on the Senate floor. Senator Murray has served in appointed positions in the Democratic Leadership since 1999.
Today's announcement is the first time Senator Murray will serve in the elected leadership. Murray's previous leadership positions include: Assistant Minority Floor Leader (2005-present), Senate Democratic Executive Committee (2003-2005), Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2001-2003), and Vice Chair of the DSCC (1999-2001).
Senator Murray's statement follows:
"I'm honored that Democrats have elected me to the leadership team of the new Senate Majority. This is a great opportunity to help set the agenda and advance the priorities that will move our country forward. For years, I've been frustrated that the issues we care about in Washington state have been ignored in Washington, D.C. With this new position and Democrats in the majority, I'll be at the table helping to set the agenda for the full Senate. That means Washington state will also have a seat at the table. Make no mistake – there are serious challenges ahead and the budget will be tight, but I am honored to have the opportunity to be a stronger voice to fight for the people I am so proud to represent in Washington state."