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Published January 27, 2011, 06:23 PM

Hoeven Named to Four Senate Committees

Freshman Senator John Hoeven has been named to the Appropriations, Energy and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Indian Affairs committees, according to Hoeven's staff.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports,

Freshman Senator John Hoeven is one of six freshman Republican Senators who will be on the committee that oversees how federal money is spent.

Hoeven has been named to the powerful Appropriations committee.

In the past, it's been unusual to serve on the committee as a freshman senator.

Hoeven will also serve on the Energy and Natural Resources, Agriculture and Indian Affairs committees.

This year, the Senate will be working on a new farm bill, and Hoeven's committee membership ensures he'll have a voice on the legislation.

Hoeven is one of only 6 freshman Republican Senators who were tapped for the Appropriations committee, which oversees how federal dollars are spent. The other five are Sens. Mark Kirk (Ill.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Jerry Moran (Kansas) and Ron Johnson (Wis.).

“These committee assignments provide a great opportunity to bring North Dakota’s perspective and influence to bear on issues important not only to our state but also our nation,” Hoeven said through a release issued Thursday. “A seat at the leadership advisory board’s regular meetings, moreover, will give us an additional opportunity to make sure that North Dakota’s voice is heard when important policy decisions are discussed and decided.”