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Washington, D.C. —  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. today appointed Senator John Thune to the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force for the 109th Congress.

“The High Tech Task Force reflects Republicans’ commitment to ensuring technology development is a top priority for the United States Senate,” said Frist, R-TN. “And with the addition of Senator Thune, I’m confident the High Tech Task Force will continue to lead on the technology issues that are driving our economy and improving our quality of life.”

Senator Thune said having a voice on the High Tech Task Force will ultimately increase opportunities to bring additional high tech industry to South Dakota and showcase the quality of the tech industry already in South Dakota.

“With technology so vital to our state’s economy, South Dakota needs a strong voice on the High Tech Task Force,” said Thune, R-SD. “I look forward to promoting technology in the U.S. Senate and creating new high-tech jobs in South Dakota.”

The Task Force’s past work includes the passage last week of Class Action reform, Frist said.

“I’m proud of the work I’ve done with the Task Force, including last week’s passage of the Class Action Fairness Act,” Frist said. “Technology is changing the way Americans live and work, and we must ensure that our agenda fosters and protects innovation.”

Created in 1999, the High Tech Task Force strives to be the voice on technology issues on Capitol Hill. The Task Force brings technology leaders and Senators together to discuss and promote legislation and issues facing the technology industry.

Including Thune, 14 senators will now serve as members on the Task Force, Frist said.