Rep Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) is going to be Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. This is one of the most important spots in the department (John Bolton’s old job) and one of the most important issues in the world, albeit not an issue that gets a lot of play on the blogs. And Tauscher has solid progressive views on the issue. You can read a bit about Tauscher and nuclear proliferation here at Arms Control Wonk or watch this video here of her working away at the problem.
At the same time on economic policy issues, Tauscher has often been a good deal less progressive than one would hop to see from the very safe CA-10 congressional district. So there’s a good chance that this move will end up making everyone happy.