- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has retained her spot on the Senate Appropriations Committee, while incoming senator Dan Sullivan was assigned to several committees he had hoped to land.

Senate Republicans announced committee assignments Monday. The assignments are subject to approval by the GOP conference and the full Senate.

Sullivan, who will take office next month, had expressed interest in serving on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, given the importance of fisheries to Alaska, as well as on the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

He was assigned to all three, plus Veterans’ Affairs. Sullivan is a Marine Corps reservist.

Murkowski is expected to chair the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She will also serve on Indian Affairs and on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committees.

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