Committee assignments have been announced for the U.S. Senate in the 115th Congress that starts in January.

Sen. Mazie Hirono will return to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which her office said “will be instrumental in defending civil rights, vetting a Trump administration’s Supreme Court nominees, and standing up for immigrant communities.”

“The Senate Judiciary Committee will be on the front lines of fighting to protect Hawaii from the incoming Trump administration’s proposals that erode civil rights and target immigrants,” Hirono said in a press release Monday. “I look forward to continuing to advance Hawaii priorities on committees that are vital to our national security, growing Hawaii’s economy, and protecting the environment.”

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The U.S. Capitol Building. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Democrat from Hawaii will also continue to serve on the Senate committees on Armed Services; Energy and Natural Resources; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and Veterans’ Affairs.

Hawaii’s other Democrat in the Senate, Brian Schatz, will join the Senate committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

“This post is an important one because the Committee oversees federal housing and transit agencies, putting me in a better position to leverage federal resources to support Hawaii’s unique housing needs and advocate for local transit strategies in Honolulu and across the state,” said Schatz in a press release Monday.

He will also continue to serve on the Senate committees on Appropriations; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Indian Affairs; and Ethics.

Republicans control the chamber with 52 members. There are 46 Democrats and two independents who tend to side with Dems.

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