Murkowski Still Expects to Keep Energy Committee Spot

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) “says she’ll hang on to the top GOP seat on the Senate Energy Committee,” POLITICO reports.

“Oh yeah,” the Alaska Republican told POLITICO when asked whether she’s expecting to be ranking member on the energy panel in the next Congress.

Murkowski’s position atop the powerful committee appeared uncertain after she waged a write-in campaign last year against Joe Miller, who ousted her in the state’s GOP primary. Her campaign ruffled feathers within her party and she was forced out of her Republican leadership position, but allowed to keep the energy post for the remainder of the last Congress.

Speculation abounded last year about whether North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, the No. 2 Republican on the energy panel, would challenge Murkowski for the spot. Burr last year repeatedly left open the prospect he could make a move for the ranking member slot, and he wasn’t changing his tune on Wednesday.

"I’m not ruling out anything right now," he told POLITICO. "I’m always interested in energy issues."

But Murkowski said she isn’t expecting a fight over the committee post. “I do not anticipate that,” she said when asked whether she foresaw a challenge from Burr.

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