Alaska looking at 2 senators on Appropriations

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is in line for the Senate Appropriations seat left vacant by the death of Daniel Inouye.

That would put both Begich and Sen. Lisa Murkowski on the committee, which Begich says will be an “incredibly powerful opportunity for Alaska.” But he also expects to carry on the spirit of cooperation between Alaska and Hawaii, forged over decades by Inouye, of Hawaii, and then-U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska.

Hawaii has one of the most junior delegations in Congress following Inouye’s death after 50 years in the Senate and Sen. Daniel Akaka’s retirement after 22 years.

Inouye’s successor, Sen. Brian Schatz, is expected to serve on the Commerce, Energy and Indian Affairs’ committees. Sen. Mazie Hirono is slated to serve on Armed Services, Judiciary and Veterans’ Affairs.