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November 16, 2006

Senate Democrats Choose New Leadership, More Elections to Follow

Senate Democrats chose a slate of leaders for the 110th Congress, electing Harry Reid (D-NV) as majority leader and Richard Durbin (D-Il) as majority whip. Senate leadership also announced plans to replace Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) with the committee's current ranking democratic member, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Within the Judiciary Committee, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), currently the ranking democrat on the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, will likely take over chairmanship of the immigration subcommittee from Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

House Democrats have scheduled leadership elections for this Thursday, when Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will likely be nominated as the Democratic choice for Speaker of the House for the 110th Congress. Also on the House side, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) is expected to replace Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, while chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims will go to either ranking democrat Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) or Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 16, 2006 08:18 AM

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