01.27.11

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On 112th Congress Committee Membership

WASHINGTON (Jan. 27, 2011) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released the following comment about the Committee’s membership for the 112th Congress.  A total of 18 Senators will serve on the Judiciary Committee, 10 Democrats and eight Republicans.  Joining the Committee will be Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah).  Members who are leaving the Judiciary Committee in the 112th Congress include Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), and Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.).  Senator Christopher Coons (D-Del.) joined the Committee on Nov. 15, 2010, assuming the seat filled by his predecessor, Senator Ted Kaufman (D-Del.).

“I congratulate the Judiciary Committee’s new ranking member, Senator Grassley.  We have served together on the Judiciary Committee for 30 years, and I believe that we will continue our bipartisan work on important issues like patent reform and fraud enforcement. 

“I am pleased to welcome Senator Blumenthal and Senator Lee as the newest members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and look forward to working with them.  I also extend a warm welcome to Senator Coons, who joined the Committee late last year.  He is now part of a long line of Senators from Delaware who have served on the Judiciary Committee.  I worked closely with his predecessor, Senator Kaufman, on issues such as fraud enforcement. 

“The members of the Judiciary Committee are some of the Senate’s most talented.  There is much work to be done in this new Congress.  Working together, we will accomplish much for the American people.”

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