U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, picked up a leadership post today when he was chosen vice chair of the Senate Democrats’ steering and outreach committee.
“This role will keep me in a position to advocate for Hawaii’s needs as our party works on legislative efforts,” the senator said in a statement.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, also recognized Akaka, who is moving from chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
“I am glad to have Senator Akaka join our Democratic leadership team, and I know he will be a strong advocate for America’s indigenous people on the Indian Affairs Committee, just as Chairman (Daniel K.) Inouye was when he was chairman of the committee.” the senator said in a statement. “He is an important member of our caucus, and I am excited about his new roles.”