Leahy To Stay On As Chair Of Senate Judiciary Committee

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will stay on to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee once the new Congress convenes in January, his office announced on Wednesday.

“Chairing the Judiciary Committee and maintaining my seniority on the Appropriations Committee will allow me to protect both the Constitution and Vermont,” Leahy said in a statement on his website.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was reportedly seeking the spot after Leahy weighed chairing the Senate Appropriations Committee. Feinstein will now also remain on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

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