Dick Durbin announces he’s seeking role of top ranking Dem on Judiciary panel as Feinstein steps down

Democrat Senator Dick Durbin has announced he will seek the role of top ranking Democrat on the Judiciary panel after Dianne Feinstein announced she was stepping down in that role.

“I intend to seek the top Democratic position on the Judiciary Committee in the 117th Congress.” Durbin wrote in a statement “I have served on the Committee for 22 years, and I am its most senior member who does not currently serve atop another Senate Committee.”

Durbin added “I want to thank @SenFeinstein for her distinguished leadership on the Judiciary Committee during turbulent years. She has been a champion for common-sense gun safety, reproductive rights, and many other issues of critical importance to the American people.”

After taking brutal criticism from her own party after she praised Lindsey Graham during the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings, Feinstein announced she is stepping down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Feinstein said in a statement “after serving as the lead Democrat on the Judiciary Committee for four years, I will not seek the chairmanship or ranking member position in the next Congress.”