WASHINGTON – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Me., Friday welcomed to the Committee one new Democratic member and three new Republicans. 

Newcomers are Senators Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rand Paul, R-Kty.

 “We anticipate a year of solid accomplishments by the Committee, aided by the fresh ideas our new members will bring to the table,” Lieberman said.  “We are a Committee dedicated to bipartisanship, which is the most effective way to get things done in Congress. I look forward to working across party lines with all our new members on the broad scope of issues that come before our Committee.”

  Collins said: “I look forward to working with the members of the committee. I appreciate Senator Lieberman’s leadership and our strong working relationship.  The new Senators will bring fresh points of view from their diverse backgrounds and perspectives. I know they will add much dimension to our committee’s continued work on critical issues vital to our government and to our nation’s security.”

The Democratic members of the Committee, in addition to the Chairman are:

Senators Carl Levin, D-Mich., Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, Thomas Carper, D-Del., Mark Pryor D-Ark., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Jon Tester, D-Mont.; and Mark Begich, D-Alaska. Republican members are: Senators Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Scott Brown, D-Mass., John McCain, R-Ariz., Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., John Ensign, R-Nev., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rand Paul, R-Kty.