WASHINGTON — Sen. Sherrod Brown will co–chair a bipartisan commission tasked with solving a pension crisis that has put more than 60,000 Ohioans and 1.5 million workers and retirees’ pensions at risk.

The Ohio Democrat, who had unsuccessfully pushed a bill aimed at preserving pensions, made the creation of the commission a condition of his support for a Senate budget agreement reached earlier this month.

Brown joins Democratic Sens. Tina Smith of Minnesota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota on the panel, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y., has not yet announced the Republican members of the committee, nor has he named Brown’s Republican co–chair.

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