Carper replacing Lieberman as Homeland Security Committee chairman

Sen. Tom CarperTom CarperGovernors-turned-senators meet to talk healthcare Overnight Healthcare: GOP'S repeal-only plan quickly collapses in Senate Dem leaders amp up calls for bipartisan ObamaCare fixes MORE (D-Del.) has been chosen to take the helm of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in the next Congress.

The Democratic Steering Committee made the announcement on Wednesday after meeting to approve committee chairmen and members in the upper chamber.

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Carper will replace Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who is retiring at the end of this Congress, and will face issues ranging from terrorist and cyber attacks and border security to postal reform and Social Security legislation.

“I know there are numerous challenges that still lie ahead – whether it is securing our nation's borders and ports, protecting our critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, reducing wasteful and fraudulent spending or getting better results from ineffective programs,” said Carper.

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) is also retiring at the end of this year. The vacancies have been filled by incoming freshmen Sens. Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinSteel industry urges House panel to adopt 'Buy America' rules Major progressive group endorses Martha McSally challenger Vulnerable senators raise big money ahead of 2018 MORE (D-Wis.) and Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampRegulatory experts push Senate leaders for regulatory reform Why governors hold power in the battle for GOP healthcare votes Vulnerable senators raise big money ahead of 2018 MORE (D-N.D.). 

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Carper previously served as chairman of the panel’s subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security.

This story was updated at 5:05 p.m.