U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she will be co-chairwoman of a new bipartisan caucus focused on oceans. The Senate Oceans Caucus will meet for the first time Tuesday, when other leaders will be chosen.
Murkowski says the caucus will educate members with briefings on ocean research and policy.
Democrats in the caucus are Mark Begich of Alaska, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Barbara Boxer of California, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware, Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Ron Wyden of Oregon.
Other Republican members include Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia Snowe of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.