New Jersey’s Bob Menendez continues to increase his clout in Washington with the announcement today that he has won a seat on the power U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. The panel deals with taxation and other revenue matters. Menendez, who was the #3 ranking Democrat when he served in the House, also has a leadership post as Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Menendez’s seat on the Finance Committee is not breaking news to readers who carefully took in PolitickerNJ.com’s 2008 Winner of the Year designation. Before he left the Senate twelve years ago, Bill Bradley was the third ranking member of the Finance Committee. Robert Torricelli later won a seat on the committee before he left the Senate after the 2002 election.
Had he not retired from the Senate in 2000, Frank Lautenberg would likely be chairing one of two standing committees; his seniority, which did not continue upon his return in 2002, would have given him the chairmanship of either the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee or the Senate Budget Committee.