Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris Appointed to Senate Judiciary Committee

The senators will be the second and third Black individuals to be on the 200-year-old Judiciary Committee.


Democrat Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) have been appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Booker and Harris, both members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), will be the second and third senators appointed to the committee, which was established in 1816.

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Harris, whose name has been floated as a 2020 presidential candidate, is also the only Black woman in the Senate.

Last year Harris was blatantly interrupted — on two separate occasions — by her colleagues during two Senate Intelligence Committee hearings.

In December, Harris, along with Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), urged the U.S. spy chief to step up efforts to counter sexual harassment in national security agencies. They asked Dan Coats to review a Nov. 28 open letter to national security officials by a group calling itself "#metoonatsec."

Booker on Tuesday afternoon posted a series of tweets regarding the appointment.

Booker in January testified against Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III during his hearing to become President Donald Trump's attorney general.

Booker said on MSNBC on Monday that Sessions "has a posture and a positioning that I think represent a real danger to our country."

"We've seen Jeff Sessions — that's Senator Jeff Sessions — consistently voting against or speaking out against key ideals of the Voting Rights Act, taking measures to try to block criminal justice reform."

The appointments are significant. According to its website, "the Senate Committee on the Judiciary is one of the most influential committees in Congress. Its broad legislative jurisdiction has assured its primary role as a forum for the public discussion of social and constitutional issues."

Reuters material contributed to this report.

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