HI-Sen: Brian Schatz to chair Energy subcommittee
Sen. Brian Schatz's work in Hawaii with renewable energy has landed him a leadership role not often offered to freshman senators: head of a Senate subcommittee, his office said in an announcement scheduled for today.
Sen. Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said he believes Schatz is in a good position to lead the Water and Power subcommittee, which is under the Energy Committee.
"Brian will be a real asset to our committee, and a great partner for clean energy in Hawaii and the rest of the country," Wyden, D-Oregon, said in a news release to be issued today. "While it is uncommon for a freshman member to gain a chairmanship, he has demonstrated the drive and ability to take up that responsibility, despite having just a few weeks of tenure in the Senate."
Schatz, Hawaii's former lieutenant governor, was appointed on Dec. 26 by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to serve in the seat of Sen. Daniel Inouye, who died Dec. 17, until a special election in 2014.