HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve Daines will move to the U.S. Senate next week and will take the oath of office as part of the 114th Congress.
The Montana Republican will serve on the Senate Committees for Energy and Natural Resources, Commerce, Indian Affairs and Appropriations.
Daines says his role on those committees will allow him to focus on developing Montana’s energy resources, managing public lands, jobs growth and supporting the state’s American Indian tribes.
Daines was elected in November to replace U.S. Sen. John Walsh, who dropped out of the race following revelations he’d plagiarized a college paper. Republican Rep.-elect Ryan Zinke will take Daines’ seat in the U.S. House when Zinke is sworn in next week.