- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr says he’ll conduct “vigorous oversight” and ask tough questions as leader of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for the next two years.

The Winston-Salem Republican announced Thursday his chairmanship of the committee, finalized with the ratification of leadership positions by the Senate Republican Conference. His elevation had been expected since Republicans won back a majority in the chamber in November.

Burr is in his second Senate term and plans to run for re-election in 2016. He first came to Congress in 1995 and served in the House for 10 years.

The committee’s vice chair will be Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California.

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