- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota says he’ll continue his current committee assignments in the upcoming Congress.

Thune’s office announced on Monday the committee assignments for South Dakota’s incoming senior U.S. senator. He’ll serve on the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and the Committee on Finance.

Republicans will vote in early January who will lead the committees. Thune is expected to move up to chairman of commerce, where he currently serves as the ranking Republican member.

Thune will also continue his No. 3 leadership position in the Senate Republican conference.

Thune says he’s pleased to continue representing South Dakotans on issues ranging from agriculture to rural telecommunications.

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