Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will join the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Blog of Legal Times reported Thursday.
The former Connecticut U.S. Attorney and state Attorney General, Blumenthal defeated his Republican opponent, Linda McMahon, after incumbent Sen. Chris Dodd, also a Democrat, decided not to seek re-election in 2010.
He takes his seat as Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) leaves the committee. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was also chosen for the committee, which now has 10 Democrats to eight Republicans.
“I am pleased to welcome Senator Blumenthal and Senator Lee as the newest members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and look forward to working with them,” Leahy said in a prepared statement. “There is much work to be done in Congress. Working together, we will accomplish much for the American people.”
This story has been updated to include Leahy’s remarks.