Lindsey Graham Appointed Chair of Judiciary Committee

Posted: Jan 10, 2019 8:15 AM
Lindsey Graham Appointed Chair of Judiciary Committee

Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) was appointed to be chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

“I’m honored to be selected as Chairman of @senjudiciary,” he said on Twitter. “I will do my best to continue down the path charted by Senator Grassley of having a fair and vibrant committee process. The confirmation of conservative judges will be one of my top priorities as Chairman.”

The appointment was all but assured when Sen. Chuck Grassley, former chair of the committee, announced he would head up the Senate Finance Committee. 

“I will also continue to seek common ground on the major issue facings our nation,” Graham said. “I look forward to working with Senator Feinstein and all my colleagues to make this new Congress successful.”

Graham warned his colleagues during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings last year that if he ever became chairman of the committee he would remember how they behaved. 

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"If I am chairman next year, if we keep the majority and Senator Grassley moves over–and I hope he doesn't because I think he's done a great job–I'm going to remember this," Graham said at the time.

“There’s the process before Kavanaugh and the process after Kavanaugh. If you want to vet the nominee, you can. If you want to delay things until after the election, you cannot. If you try to destroy somebody, you will not get away with it.”