Senate leaders announced new committee assignments on Tuesday to redistribute former Senator Al Franken (D-MN)’s assignments and to establish new majority-minority ratios within the committees. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL)’s victory last month shrank the Republicans’ majority, which brings their advantage on the Judiciary and Finance committees to one seat. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) will serve on the Judiciary Committee, making them the second and third African-American members of that panel. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will join the Finance Committee.
Newly elected Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) was appointed to the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; the Banking Committee; the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) will join the Agriculture, Energy, and Indian Affairs committees. She will serve alongside Sen. Jones on the Heath, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.