Thursday afternoon the Republican leadership of the Senate Commerce Committee announced the GOP members who will serve on the full committee in the new Congress. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will return as ranking member of the full committee, where she will be joined by:
* Olympia Snowe, Maine * John Ensign, Nev. * Jim DeMint, S.C. * John Thune, S.D. * Roger Wicker, Miss. * Johnny Isakson, Ga. * Roy Blunt, Mo. * John Boozman, Ark. * Pat Toomey, Pa. * Marco Rubio, Fla. * Kelly Ayotte, N.H.
Notably absent from the list is Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), who in the last Congress served as the ranking member of the committee’s Science and Space subcommittee alongside subcommittee chairman Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). Subcommittee assignments have not been made yet, so we don’t know yet who will succeed Vitter as ranking member.