Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story A healthier planet and economy is worth fighting for Watch live: Harris gives remarks on the child tax credit MORE (D-Calif.) will remain on the Judiciary Committee next year as Democratic leadership negotiates with Republicans over who will sit on Senate panels starting in January.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHeatwaves don't lie: Telling the truth about climate change Schumer backing plan to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) announced on Tuesday that Democrats had successfully secured Harris's seat on the panel, which has given her a high-profile perch ahead of a potential 2020 White House bid.

"As a former prosecutor, [Harris] has strived every day for a more fair judicial system for all Americans. I’m proud that we successfully fought to keep her seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee," Schumer said in a tweet

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A source familiar with negotiations said Schumer made keeping Harris on the panel a "top priority" and that none of the 10 Democrats who currently sit on the panel will lose their seat. Republicans currently have 11 seats on the committee.

"The Judiciary Committee will be expanding. The Republicans will add a new seat," the source added. 

Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats go down to the wire with Manchin Schumer unloads on GOP over elections bill: 'How despicable of a man is Donald Trump?' This week: Senate set for voting rights fight MORE (R-Ky.) are negotiating the break down of each of the committees for the next Congress, where Republicans will expand their majority from 51 to 53 seats. 

Because Harris is the least senior Democratic member on the high-profile panel and Republicans gained seats in the November midterm elections, she was at risk of losing her seat.

Harris told Schumer after the midterms that she wanted to remain on the panel, and Schumer publicly pledged to try to keep her on it. 

Harris joined the Judiciary Committee in January after Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control Gillibrand: 'I definitely want to run for president again' Maher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' MORE (D-Minn.) resigned and Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) was sworn in, giving Democrats an additional seat in the Senate.

Her position on the panel has given her a front-row seat to some of the biggest Trump administration fights, including the battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSupreme Court rules against NCAA in dispute over student-athlete compensation Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision MORE and Trump's circuit and district court picks. The panel will also be responsible for vetting William Barr, Trump's attorney general nominee, next year.

Harris is one of two African-American senators on the panel and one of four female members, each of whom are Democrats.