Heitkamp being considered for banking panel

WASHINGTON — Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp may be the next in line to join the Senate Banking Committee.

The North Dakota Democrat is being “mentioned as a possible addition” to the panel, according to a Democratic aide, who cautions that assignments are not final until Majority Leader Harry Reid makes an official announcement.

Heitkamp, a former state attorney general, won a tight race against Republican Rep. Rick Berg in November. She doesn’t have a long history of working on banking issues, but did receive a $5,000 post-election donation from the American Bankers Association.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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