Sens. Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) are joining the Judiciary Committee, reports Legal Times. They are replacing Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE), and Sam Brownback (R-KS). Kennedy served on the committee for 46 years, longer than any other senator in history. Kennedy was chairman from 1979 to 1981 and Biden from 1987 to 1995.
The size of the committee is staying the same, 19. The Democrats' margin will increase from 10-9 to 11-8, giving them breathing room on controversial issues. Kaufman, 69, is not a lawyer but has an MBA from the Wharton school. Klobuchar, 48, is former prosecutor of Hennepin County (Minneapolis). Wyden, 59, has been a teacher and worked with non-profit groups. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said the committee will vote next Wednesday on Eric Holder Jr.'s nomination to be attorney general.