Murray added that the media should not expect members of the supercommittee to take on certain roles based on reputation.

“The pundits and journalists should not pigeonhole any one of us,” she said. “That will allow us to move forward.”

As a leader of the committee, Murray said she has been in touch with the other 11 members and was impressed with the gravity with which they take their responsibility. 

“I have reached out individually to each member of the committee,” Murray told The Columbian. “I’ve been impressed that they consider this a serious responsibility.”

The debt-ceiling deal signed into law earlier in the month establishes the bipartisan, bicameral supercommittee of 12 legislators, for which Murray was chosen by Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) to serve as the Democratic leader.

The committee is charged with putting together a $1.5 trillion deficit-reduction package.

The other five senators chosen to serve on the supercommittee are: Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), John KerryJohn KerryEgypt’s death squads and America's deafening silence With help from US, transformative change in Iran is within reach Ellison comments on Obama criticized as 'a stupid thing to say' MORE (D-Mass.), Max BaucusMax BaucusChanging of the guard at DC’s top lobby firm GOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators Five reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through MORE (D-Mont.), Rob PortmanRob PortmanTrump talks big on trade, but workers need action Trump tax plan prompts GOP fears about deficit Overnight Regulation: Senators call for 'cost-effective' regs | FCC chief unveils plans to roll back net neutrality MORE (R-Ohio) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

The overall debt-limit agreement cuts federal deficits by nearly $1 trillion over 10 years while raising the debt ceiling by at least $2.1 trillion through 2012.