United States Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee
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."
Members (in the 114th United States Congress)
|Amy Klobuchar, Chairman||Minnesota|
|Jeanne Shaheen, Vice Chair||New Hampshire|
|Kirsten Gillibrand||New York|
|Chris Coons, Chair of Business Outreach||Deleware|
|Bob Casey, Jr.||Pennsylvania|
|Bob Menendez, Chair of Hispanic Task Force||New Jersey|
- Hillary Clinton, NY (2003–2007)
- Debbie Stabenow, MI (2007–2011)
- Mark Begich, AK (2011–2015)
- Amy Klobuchar, MN (2015–)
Chairmanships and Joe Lieberman
One function of the Steering Committee is to propose chairmanships and committee assignments for ratification by the entire Democratic caucus. 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.
- HERSZENHORN, David (2008-11-07). "Among Democrats' Leadership Questions - What to Do With Lieberman? - NYTimes.com". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-06.