Leahy, Goodlatte, And Boucher Announce Senator John Thune As New Co-Chair Of Congressional Internet Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 21, 2009) - Senator John Thune (R-SD) has become the new Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus, which is also co-chaired by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA).  The ascension of Senator Thune to the leadership of one of the most active and prestigious caucuses in Congress reinforces the bi-partisanship that has been the hallmark of the Congressional Internet Caucus during more than a dozen years since its inception.   

“I am particularly excited to welcome Senator John Thune as our Senate Republican co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus,” said Congressman Bob Goodlatte. “I have known Senator Thune for many years, dating back to when we served together in the House of Representatives, and he will bring a unique perspective to the leadership of the Internet Caucus. I look forward to working with him to promote policies which advance technology here in the United States.”

Senator Thune joins Congressman Goodlatte, who is also the Chairman of the House Republican High Technology Working Group (HTWG), as the second Republican co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus. Senator Thune has shown leadership on the powerful Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and in the past has sponsored legislation to promote e-government, health IT and youth online safety. 

“We welcome Senator Thune as a valued addition as Senate co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus,” said Senator Patrick Leahy. “His service on the Senate Commerce Committee and his insights on the important role of technology in rural and other underserved communities across the nation will enhance the work of the Internet Caucus.  I look forward to serving and working closely with him as we work to advance American innovation during the months and years ahead.” 

“I am pleased to welcome Senator Thune as the newest co-chair of the Internet Caucus, and I look forward to working with him as the Caucus continues its work to shape Internet policy,” said Congressman Rick Boucher.  

The Congressional Internet Caucus is a bipartisan group of over 150 members of the House and Senate working to educate their colleagues about the promise and potential of the Internet.

* Promoting the growth and advancement of the Internet

* Providing a bicameral, bipartisan forum for Internet concerns to be raised

* Promoting the education of Members of Congress and their staff on Internet-related issues

* Promoting commerce and the free flow of information on the Internet

* Advancing the United States' leadership in the digital world

* Maximizing the openness of and participation in government by the people.

Senator Thune will address government and industry leaders at the inaugural State of the Mobile Net Conference on Thursday, April 23 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.  

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