Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 | 12:01 p.m.
Sen. Dean Heller’s successful 2012 bid as the only Republican to win a Senate race in a state President Barack Obama won may not have earned him his dream assignment of a seat on the Senate Finance Committee.
But it got him quite a solid roster of other committee appointments.
Heller will add spots on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee to his present roster of three: the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and the Special Committee on Aging.
Those five assignments give him a perch to be involved in some of the issues most important to Nevada, as Heller noted in his announcement.
“Nevada has been at the top of the list when it comes to foreclosures…Serving on the Banking Committee will allow me to more effectively advocate for people in the Silver State struggling to pay their mortgages,” Heller said.
“Nevada is home to one of the fastest-growing populations of veterans in the United States,” Heller added in the statement. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee to continue fighting for the nearly 230,000 heroes that call the Silver State home.”
Heller’s committee assignments are the full extent of Nevada’s Senate committee assignments. As Majority Leader of the Senate, Harry Reid does not sit on committees.