Democratic Rep. Bill Owens hasn’t been in Congress very long, but he is snagging a plum committee assignment, his office announced this afternoon.

Owens, a North Country lawmaker who won re-election to a full, two-year term, will sit on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which oversees federal spending.

“I look forward to giving the North Country a voice in the Committee’s important work,” said Owens in a statement. “This provides an opportunity to support investment in federal programs that help businesses and families in the 21st District while advocating for important economic drivers like Fort Drum. At the same time, we must work towards responsible cuts to federal spending to reduce the debt and set the country back on track towards fiscal responsibility.”

For now it appears Owens is only the third New Yorker to have a spot on the committee, the only other two being senior Democrats Nita Lowey of Westchester and Jose Serrano of the Bronx.

That also makes him the only upstate lawmaker to have a voice on the committee as well, with the retirement of Rep. Maurice Hinchey.

Still, it makes sense for the Democratic leadership to give Owens the spot, given that his district is one of the more Republican dominated seats in state. Despite a clear win over Republican Matt Doheny in November, Owens will likely remain a marginal for the Democrats in the coming election cycles.