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Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDurbin seeks to become top-ranking Democrat on Judiciary panel Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee GOP breaks with Trump firing of cyber chief: Adds to 'confusion and chaos' MORE (D-R.I.), who is interested in serving as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee now that Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDurbin seeks to become top-ranking Democrat on Judiciary panel Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee Bottom line MORE (D-Calif.) has stepped down from the role, said he expects the Democratic caucus to decide the future leadership of the committee. Whitehouse says he will accept whatever his colleagues decide.
“In the wake of Ranking Member Feinstein’s announcement, I look forward to the question of succession on the Senate Judiciary Committee being decided by the caucus. I will abide by the caucus’s decision,” he said in a statement, indicating interest in the job.
Whitehouse, however, would have to leapfrog Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinDurbin seeks to become top-ranking Democrat on Judiciary panel Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee Democrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus MORE (D-Ill.), who is more senior, to serve as the top-ranking Democrat on Judiciary.
Durbin said Monday that he will seek to replace Feinstein as the committee Democrat with more seniority, Sen. Pat Leahy (Vt.), is already the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.
“I intend to seek the top Democratic position on the Judiciary Committee in the 117th Congress. I have served on the committee for 22 years and I am its most senior member who does not currently serve atop another Senate committee,” he said.
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