February 12, 2015

HIRONO NAMED TO LEADERSHIP ROLE ON SENATE ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Washington, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono has been named the Ranking Member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water and Power. Senator Hirono will also serve on the Energy and Public Lands Subcommittees.

“Hardworking middle class families, farmers, and small business deserve affordable energy and abundant clean water supplies. I look forward to working with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), the subcommittee’s new Chairman to find bipartisan solutions to meet the needs of a growing sustainable economy in Hawaii and across the country. In addition to my new leadership role on the Water and Power Subcommittee, I look forward to working with all of my committee colleagues to work on many issues many issues important to Hawaii including transitioning to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future and building on the tradition of conservation that has gone hand in hand with our economic growth for generations.”

The Subcommittee on Water and Power is responsible for overseeing programs related to irrigation, reclamation projects, including related flood control purposes; power marketing administrations; energy development impacts on water resources; groundwater resources and management; hydroelectric power; low head hydro; and energy related aspects of deepwater ports. 

Earlier this year, Senator Hirono was also named the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Seapower, placing her in a position to oversee matters directly relating to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.