Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) “is expressing interest in the Finance Committee seat currently held by Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), whose resignation from the Senate becomes effective May 3,” Roll Call reports.
Johanns spokesman Steve Wymer confirmed Wednesday that the Nebraska Republican would like to replace Ensign on the coveted panel. But Wymer indicated that Johanns is cognizant that he is not the only Republican angling to land on Finance, popular for its expansive policy reach and spot from which to raise campaign funds.
“Sen. Johanns has put in for Finance since day one in the Senate and looks forward to hopefully getting a seat on the panel at some point, but he is mindful of seniority issues,” Wymer said.