By Gautham Nagesh - 02/25/11 04:44 PM EST
The Senate Commerce Committee announced Friday that several freshman GOP senators will be joining the subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, including Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
The influential subcommittee chaired by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has jurisdiction over the Federal Communications Commission and often sets the upper chamber's agenda with regards to tech and telecom policy. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) serves as ranking member.
Joining Rubio and Toomey on the panel for the first time will be Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.). Boozman was also named ranking member on the Space and Science subcommittee, replacing Sen. David Vitter (R-La.).