Harris described her committee assignments in a written statement as “key battlegrounds in the fight for the future of our country,” adding that she will “aggressively fight for our families and the ideals of our nation.” Harris will be sworn in Jan.
Two first-year women senators, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Carol Moseley Braun (D-Ill.), were selected Wednesday to break the all-male stronghold on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Banking Committee’s jurisdiction includes financial aid to commerce and industry, public and private housing programs, mass transit and export controls.
Boxer, who also was named to the Committee on Environment and Public Works, was the only woman and first-year senator who participated in the committee selection process this week by Democratic leaders.
After Trump won, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.
Y., both singled out infrastructure as an area of potential agreement with the new administration.Homeland Security oversees border security and other immigration issues.Harris has said she intends to make defending immigrants and refugees a priority in the Senate.In the next Congress there will be a record 21 female senators, 16 of them Democrats, and four of them newcomers.California Attorney General Kamala Harris will be Congress's first female Indian-American member and she's already "promising to challenge Trump’s hard-line immigration agenda." Congress will also have its first Latina member, Catherine Cortez Masto, who is the former attorney general of Nevada.It could potentially cost the state billions of dollars in federal subsidies to help individuals buy insurance on the state’s insurance exchange and for the state’s expansion of Medi-Cal.Harris will have no seniority as a Senate freshman, but committee assignments shape careers as members gain years in office.•Environment and Public Works: Harris will fill the seat of the Californian she replaced, retiring Democrat Barbara Boxer, the committee’s former chair and ranking member.This committee oversees climate change and other environmental policies that the Trump administration and Republican majorities in the Senate and House want to roll back.She did not, however, win a seat on the Judiciary Committee, the panel for which she is perhaps best suited as California’s soon-to-be former attorney general and a former San Francisco district attorney.Senate party leaders, who divvy up the committee assignments, avoid naming two members from the same state to any panel.