United States Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

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According to the official website, "the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee is dedicated to fostering dialogue between Senate Democrats and community leaders from across the nation. Each year, the Steering Committee hosts several meetings with advocates, policy experts, and elected officials to discuss key priorities and enlist their help in the development of the Democratic agenda in the Senate. We are committed to serving as a liaison between Senate Democratic offices and advocacy groups and intergovernmental organizations."


Senator State
  Mark Begich, Chairman Alaska
  Jeanne Shaheen, Vice Chair New Hampshire
  Harry Reid Nevada
  Richard Durbin Illinois
  Robert Menendez New Jersey
  Chris Coons Delaware
  Patrick Leahy Vermont
  Tom Harkin Iowa
  Carl Levin Michigan
  Barbara Boxer California
  Mark Pryor Arkansas
  Jay Rockefeller West Virginia
  Kirsten Gillibrand New York


Chairmanships and Joe Lieberman[edit]

One function of the Steering Committee is to propose chairmanships and committee assignments for ratification by the entire Democratic caucus.[1] Following Senator Joe Lieberman's endorsement of John McCain for President in 2008, the committee considered stripping him of his Chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, but ultimately decided against it.[1]


  1. ^ a b HERSZENHORN, David (2008-11-07). "Among Democrats' Leadership Questions - What to Do With Lieberman? - NYTimes.com". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 

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