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Hickenlooper Announces 118th Congress Committee Assignments

Feb 9, 2023

Again named Chair to two subcommittees

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper announced he will be the Chairman of two subcommittees in the 118th Congress. He will remain on the same four Senate committees as the last Congress, positioning him to build upon two years of policy successes that have delivered for Coloradans, including fighting climate change, lowering health care costs, helping small businesses, improving workforce development, and ensuring innovation in science and technology. 

After becoming the first Democrat in 42 years to serve as chairman to two subcommittees as a freshman, Hickenlooper will again helm two subcommittees, including a new subcommittee on Commerce focused on consumer protection and data security.

“The real work in Congress happens in our committees and subcommittees,” said Hickenlooper. “From here, Colorado will weigh in on everything from apprenticeships, to clean energy, and the Western water crisis. Giddy up!”

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: The Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over interstate commerce, highway safety and transportation, communications, consumer product regulation, climate science, space exploration, and scientific research into emerging technologies.

Within his role on the Commerce Committee, Hickenlooper will now serve as the Chairman of the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security Subcommittee, which oversees policies to protect consumers and strengthen data privacy. 

Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP): The HELP Committee handles health care, labor, and education policies, as well as issues relating to child care, college affordability, pandemic preparedness, and retirement savings.

Hickenlooper will again serve as the Chairman of the HELP Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, which has jurisdiction over worker health and safety, workforce development, and apprenticeship policy. 

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: The Energy and Natural Resources Committee oversees the nation’s energy, federal lands, and water policies. Key agencies include the Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management, as well as the Department of Energy’s National Labs, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: The Small Business Committee conducts oversight of the Small Business Administration and considers legislation related to small business policy, as well as investigates small business issues and identifies federal resources to deal with such issues. 

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