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Sen. Hoeven gets committee jobs

BISMARCK (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John Hoeven has been assigned to the Senate's Appropriations, Energy, Agriculture and Indian Affairs committees.

Hoeven said Thursday he's also been put on an advisory panel that serves as a policy sounding board for the Republican Senate leadership.

The former North Dakota Republican governor had been promised the appropriations and energy assignments if he won his Senate race last year.

North Dakota's other senator, Democrat Kent Conrad, already serves on the Agriculture and Indian Affairs committees. Conrad is also a member of the Senate Finance Committee and chairman of the Budget Committee.

North Dakota's new Republican congressman has already been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Rick Berg will serve on three Ways and Means subcommittees dealing with taxes, public assistance and Social Security.

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