Sen. Craig leaving Aging Committee chairmanship to pursue Veterans' Affairs post

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Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) announced on Tuesday that he would step down as chairman of the Special Committee on Aging to seek the chairmanship of the Veterans' Affairs Committee.

However, Craig said that he would still serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Security for next year's White House Conference on Aging, as well as push forward legislation concerning senior citizens issues, such as long-term care.

Approximately 122,000 military veterans live in Craig's state of Idaho, out of the 29.4 million veterans nationwide, according to U.S. Census Bureau reports.

Craig's decision came at the same time the White House announced the nomination of Jim Nicholson as Secretary for Veterans' Affairs. After a Senate confirmation hearing early next year, Nicholson would replace Anthony Principi. There was no word on a possible Aging Committee successor to Craig at publishing deadline.