By Vicki Needham and Peter Schroeder - 12/04/12 03:18 PM EST
Sen.-elect Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren: Republicans were 'way too late' attacking Trump Clinton widens lead over Trump nationally Economic turmoil threatens Clinton MORE (D-Mass.), one of the harshest critics of the financial sector, is being tapped to serve on the Senate Banking Committee.
The Harvard law professor is expected to join Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA 14 dead in West Virginia flooding Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote MORE (D-W.Va.) on the committee in the next Congress, according to a Democratic Senate aide.
The decision is pending final approval from Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidMcConnell pledges redo vote on Zika after break Senate Democrats block Zika deal ahead of recess Senate Democrats want new round of Zika talks MORE (D-Nev.), but would mean that Warren will play a lead role in overseeing the financial firms that have sparred with her for years over consumer protections and regulations.
Warren originally came to Washington as head of the government's official bailout watchdog, and later served as President Obama's architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which was created by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.
She butted heads with congressional Republicans as an adviser to the CFPB, and Obama ultimately selected one of her top deputies, Richard Cordray, to serve as its first director. Warren was recruited by Democrats to run for the Senate from Massachusetts, where she defeated Sen. Scott Brown (R) last month.
Warren and Manchin would fill two seats definitely opening up on the Banking panel thanks to a pair of retirements, but more positions could become available if other committee members decide to jump to another panel. Sen. Chris CoonsChris CoonsOvernight Defense: GOP blasts latest Gitmo transfer | Boeing defends Iran Air deal Key Dem: US-Iran relations may get worse before they get better The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Del.) told The Hill on Tuesday that he was also interested in a spot on the Banking Committee.
“Banking’s a very important industry in my state, and it is a committee I requested,” he said. “But Leader Reid, ultimately, along with committee chairs, makes those decisions.”
Manchin was noncommittal about his future moves Tuesday afternoon, saying that decision was up to Senate leadership.
“I’d like to serve anywhere I can; I’d like to help,” he said. “That’s up to Majority Leader Reid.”
The banking industry was reportedly pushing back on attempts to place Warren on the financial panel, but Richard Hunt, president and CEO of the Consumer Bankers Association, disputed the notion.
"It's total BS, whoever is saying that," he said. "I, for one, would welcome her on the Senate Banking Committee.
"I welcome her to be inside the tent rather than outside the tent, throwing bombs," he added.
Warren's campaign declined to comment.
—This post was updated at 11:19 a.m. and 4:50 p.m.