Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, will be the co-chairwoman of the caucus. She told the AP the caucus’ mission will be a platform for conversations about the nation’s coastal bays, estuaries, and deep seas. It will aim to educate members with briefings on ocean research and policy.
According to the Sea Research Foundation, Blumenthal expressed interest in educational outreach related to oceans during a June talk at the Mystic Aquarium.
The committee also includes Republicans Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Democrats on the committee are Mark Begich of Alaska, Blumenthal, Barbara Boxer of California, Maria Cantawell and Patty Murray of Washington, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Ron Wyden of Oregon.