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Booker-Harris Sens. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, and Kamala Harris, D-California.

With the addition of two new senators, some advocates hope the powerful Senate committee that oversees the judicial nominations process will put a greater focus on the diversity, or lack thereof, among President Donald Trump’s nominees.

Sens. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, and Kamala Harris, D-California, both said Tuesday they’ve been appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Together they are the second and third African-Americans to sit on the committee, which holds hearings on and approves judicial nominees. The first was Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, D-Illinois, who sat on the committee in the 1990s.

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Cogan Schneier

Cogan Schneier is a Washington, D.C.-based litigation reporter covering D.C. courts, national litigation trends, the Justice Department and the federal judiciary. She is the author of Trump Watch, an email briefing that covers the Trump administration and its imprint on the law.

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