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Top Senate Democrat Chooses Murray for New Leadership Position

Dec 17 2004

Reid Asks Washington State Senior Senator to Serve as Assistant Floor Leader; Murray Accepts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced that he asked Senator Patty Murray to serve as Assistant Floor Leader for the 109th Congress. Murray accepted the position and will begin her service when Congress convenes early next month.

As Assistant Floor Leader, Senator Murray will work closely with the Democratic Leader and Assistant Democratic Leader to ensure Democrats present a coordinated front in working to further their priorities, including security, health care, education and the economy.

"I'm honored to take on this new challenge and work with the outstanding team of colleagues assembled by Senator Reid. I look forward to fighting for working Americans across the country in our joint effort to provide opportunity for all," Murray said. "This is another great chance to ensure that Washington state's priorities are heard at the highest levels of the Senate."

Murray has been a member of the Democratic Leadership team for six years, serving as vice chair and then chair of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and then as a member of outgoing Senate Democratic Leader Daschle's Executive Leadership Council.

In announcing his entire leadership team for the 109th Congress, Reid said, "The Democratic Party is a big tent of ideas, and the leadership team we are announcing today reflects that. This team encompasses the incredible talent and wide variety of views within our Caucus, and I am grateful that each of these senators has agreed to serve. As we move forward into the 109th Congress and fight to provide opportunity to all Americans, I am extremely confident in this team and pleased to present a group of such diverse skill and thought."