U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu recently moved on from her spot atop the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship—which she held since 2009—in order to take over the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Taking her place is Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington.
Cantwell is no stranger to the tech startup world, having spent five years (from 1995-1999) at RealNetworks in Seattle after a stint in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2001 and was immediately assigned to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee where she has served ever since.
While Cantwell didn’t say much about the confirmation, she did single out the importance of exports.
“The Obama administration has set a goal of doubling exports in 5 years,” she said. “The State of Washington has been a national leader, setting a new record for exports in 2013 along with 15 other states. This Congress we will work to ensure small businesses can gain access to new markets and increase their exports.
A statement released on the committee website credits Cantwell with:
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