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 Mason ReidGOP moves to cut debate time for Trump nominees Harry Reid: ‘The less we talk about impeachment, the better off we are’ Lobbying world 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 Forbes KerryPrimary care is a home run for both sides of the aisle Mellman: Memories may be beautiful, yet… Lieberman: Senate should fulfill constitutional duty, confirm Mike Pompeo MORE (D-Mass.), Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusGreen Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan Farmers hit Trump on trade in new ad MORE (D-Mont.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanWe must all come together to overcome the opioid epidemic Senators debate new business deduction, debt in tax law hearing Tax rules will be subject to more OMB review under new memo 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.