Hirono regains Judiciary Committee seat

By:  Star-Advertiser staff

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono will rejoin the Judiciary Committee, where she vows to vet President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees.

“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 statement 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.”

Hirono will also continue to serve on the Senate Committees on Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Veterans’ Affairs.

She previously served on the Judiciary Committee until two years ago, and was a key author of the Senate’s 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill.