WASHINGTON – Fresh from her campaign victory, Washington Sen. Patty Murray was re-elected today to the post of Democratic Conference secretary. That means Murray ranks fourth in Senate Democratic leadership.
Murray has held the post since 2006. It gives her a seat at the table when Democrats set their agenda and shape legislation as it moves to the Senate floor.
Her election was expected.
“At a time when so much is on the line for Washington state and the nation, I am looking forward to the opportunity to ensure our state’s priorities are given a voice as we make difficult choices about our future,” Murray said in a statement. “In the coming Congress, I plan to use my role in the leadership to contribute to put Washington state workers back on the job, to fight for veterans care, to ensure every Washington state child has a shot at a quality education, and to make tough choices about our budget priorities.”
The Senate is in session this week, but is not expected to deal with such meaty issues as extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle class and the wealthy until after Thanksgiving.
While Republicans will have control of the House in the next congressional session, Democrats remain in the majority in the Senate. Republicans picked up six Senate seats, but Democrats still have a 51-47 edge with two independents who usually vote with the Democrats.