In a steelmaking state, this appointment make sense.
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has been named a vice-chairman of the bipartisan Senate Steel Caucus.
Toomey joins a leadership group of Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Jay Rockefeller , D-W. Va., who will serve as co-chairmen, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who will also serve as a vice-chairman.
The Senate Steel Caucus works to promote American manufacturing and the steel industry, according to Toomey’s office. The caucus will serve as a forum for policy talks regarding issues that affect the U.S. steel industry.
Steel is still an important driver of the state’s economy.
The steel industry employs more than 12,000 people across the state, according to a 2011 study that Toomey’s office cited from the Pennsylvania Economy League of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The same report showed that more than $9.3 billion is generated by the state’s steel industry annually.
“Western Pennsylvania is known as the heart of steel country,” Toomey said in a statement.
“The production of steel is key to our state and national economy. It is an integral component in products we find everywhere, from our cars to our kitchens. I appreciate the efforts of Senators Rockefeller, Sessions, and Brown to help ensure that American steel producers and the industries they supply remain strong to boost our national security and our economy,” he said.
– John Guerriero