WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has been selected to another leadership position in the Senate.
The new senator previously was named to chair a subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. On Thursday, Murkowski was selected as chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee. It is unusual for a freshman senator to be named to chair a subcommittee.
The Water and Power Subcommittee reviews all the electric power, hydroelectric and water proposals that will go before the full committee.
The subcommittee is important to Alaska because it reviews small-scale hydroelectric projects on federal lands as well as other water and power-related issues.
''Given the importance of cleaning up the nation's water supplies, protecting our ground water and drinking water stocks and guaranteeing adequate electricity, it is an honor to be named to head the Senate subcommittee that handles those important tasks,'' Murkowski said.
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