Northwest Legislators Move Into Key Roles as New Congress Gets to Work

With the Trump Presidency on the horizon, the House and Senate gaveled into session last week, with no shortage of priorities ahead of both chambers. Committee chairs, ranking members, and committee members were named, along with leadership positions for both parties, while confirmation hearings were also set for the President-elect’s nominees.

Below is a quick rundown of Northwest representation. Your Advocacy team will continue to keep you updated as news unfolds.


Senator Mike Crapo

As predicted, Senator Mike Crapo became the chair of the Senate Banking Committee, where credit union issues are handled in the upper chamber. The Senator also joined the Judiciary Committee, where much attention will be focused on one of the first confirmation hearings: Alabama Senator and Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

Senator Crapo also remains on three other committees: Finance, Budget, and Indian Affairs. Feel free to congratulate the Senator on his Chairmanship on social media.

Senator Jim Risch was named Chair of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, which oversees the Small Business Administration, small business trade and exporting, veterans and reservist employees, women and minority entrepreneurship, among others.


Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-1) will join Rep. David Reichert (WA-8) on the important House Ways and Means Committee responsible for writing tax policy.

Freshman Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Rep. Dan Newhouse (WA-4) will join Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6),  Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler (WA-3), and Rep. Mike Simpson (ID-2) on the House Appropriations Committee, charged with regulating how federal dollars are spent.

Senator Patty Murray has become the Assistant Democratic Leader.

Freshman Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), the first Indian American woman elected to Congress, will serve on the House Judiciary Committee.


As previously reported, Rep. Greg Walden (OR-2) was named chair of the important House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Senator Jeff Merkley steps away from the Senate Banking Committee and joins Senator Jim Risch on the Foreign Relations Committee. Senator Merkley was also named to the Democratic Leadership team as Chief Deputy Whip.

We will continue to keep you up to date as more changes for the 115th Congress to come into focus for our Northwest delegation. Credit union advocates are encouraged to connect with your Advocacy team to find out how your credit union can impact the agenda this term.

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222,

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