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As a result of the 2008 elections, the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees have some new members in the 111th Congress.

Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) has retained the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is the panel's ranking Republican.

Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) continues to chair the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, with Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) returning as its top Republican.

The two committees have jurisdiction over legislation and oversight of veterans programs, such as health care and medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation and education, disability compensation, GI bill education and job training, home loan guarantees, life insurance policies, a nationwide system of veterans cemeteries, and other matters related to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Following is a listing of the committees' membership:

Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee

Democrats

Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii, Chairman

Mark Begich, Alaska **

Sherrod Brown, Ohio

Roland Burris, Illinois **

Patty Murray, Washington

John D. Rockefeller, West Virginia

Bernie Sanders, Vermont *

Jon Tester, Montana

Jim Webb, Virginia

Republicans

Richard M. Burr, North Carolina, Ranking Member

Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

Johnny Isakson, Georgia

Mike Johanns, Nebraska **

Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania

Roger Wicker, Mississippi **

* Sen. Sanders is an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats

** New members

House Veterans' Affairs Committee

Democrats

Bob Filner, California, Chairman

John Adler, New Jersey**

Corrine Brown, Florida

Joe Donnelly, Indiana

John Hall, New York

Deborah L. Halvorson, Illinois **

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, South Dakota

Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona **

Jerry McNerney, California

Michael Michaud, Maine

Harry E. Mitchell, Arizona

Glenn Nye, Virginia **

Thomas Perriello, Virginia **

Ciro D. Rodriguez, Texas

Vic Snyder, Arkansas

Zack Space, Ohio

Harry Teague, New Mexico **

Tim Walz, Minnesota

Republicans

Steve Buyer, Indiana, Ranking Member

Brian P. Bilbray, California

Gus Bilirakis, Florida

John Boozman, Arkansas

Vern Buchanan, Florida **

Henry E. Brown, South Carolina

Doug Lamborn, Colorado

Jeff Miller, Florida

Jerry Moran, Kansas

David P. Roe, Tennessee **

Cliff Stearns, Florida

** New members

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