Sen. Tester slated to lead Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Sen. Jon Tester
(D-Montana) is slated to chair the Senate Indian Affairs Committee
for the remainder of the 113th Congress.
Tester will take over the gavel from Sen. Maria Cantwell
(D-Washington). She was the first woman in the post and is leaving to run another committee.
"You've done a great job on behalf of Indian Country," Ron Allen, the chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
of Washington, told Cantwell at a hearing this afternoon. "We are very proud of you, coming from Washington state."
Cantwell took over the
committee in January 2013
. She has held fewer hearings and has advanced
fewer pieces of legislation than most of her predecessors although her staff has
held a significant number of listening sessions with tribal leaders and Indian
As for Tester, he has been a member of the committee since his first term in office. He's known for his aggressive defense of tribal sovereignty and self-determination.
"I know that you're a great champion as well," Allen said today.
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