U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, the Chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has announced the members of her team who will lead the Committee.

Elizabeth "Liz" Leoty Craddock, one of Landrieu's longtime staffers, will serve as the staff director.  The Louisiana native has been with Landrieu's office since 2006, and she mainly focuses on energy issues.

Landrieu says,

"Our country is currently in the midst of an energy revolution and manufacturing renaissance that has the potential to create thousands of high-paying jobs and strengthen and expand the middle class. I'm confident this leadership team has the deep knowledge and experience necessary to continue developing policies that promote domestic energy production and our secure energy independence responsibly and safely.  Liz has been an effective leader in my office for eight years for Louisiana and our country, and I have no doubt that she will continue to be effective in her new role leading this experienced team."

The other members of the team include Sam Fowler, Daniel Adamson, David Brooks, Caroline Bruckner and David Gillers.

Craddock says,

 "Serving in this role on this important committee under Sen. Landrieu's direction is a tremendous honor, and I am humbled by the trust she has placed in me. We're at a critical time in our nation's history thanks to new technologies that are allowing us to discover and produce more natural gas. Sen. Landrieu understands the important impact this energy production is having on our economy and how it is helping to grow and expand the middle class. I am grateful for every opportunity the Senator has given me, and I look forward to getting to work right away with the great team we have in place to move this committee forward for Louisiana and our country."