Kamala Harris at risk of losing Judiciary Committee spot

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump says he'll watch Democratic debate while en route to Japan 'because I have to' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? 5 things to watch in the Democratic debates MORE (D-Calif.) is at risk of potentially losing her seat on the Judiciary Committee as Senate leadership prepares to negotiate the makeup of the committees heading into next year.

Because Harris is the least senior Democratic member on the high-profile panel and Republicans gained seats in the November midterms, the potential 2020 White House contender could, but is not guaranteed to, lose her seat.

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Lily Adams, a spokeswoman for Harris, told The Washington Post that Harris told Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (D-N.Y.) that she wants to stay on the committee next year. Schumer, in a statement to the publication, said they were working to keep her on the panel.

Harris joined the Judiciary Committee in January after the resignation of Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Tariff battle looms as Trump jabs 'foolish' Senate GOP Barbs start to fly ahead of first Democratic debate MORE (D-Minn.) and Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) was sworn in, giving Democrats an additional seat in the Senate.

The panel has provided her a high-profile perch into some of the biggest Trump administration fights, including the battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSusan Collins: Trump's 'she's not my type' defense is 'extremely bizarre' Impeaching the president: At what cost, and by what method? Stephen King: 'It's time for Susan Collins to go' MORE and Trump's circuit and district court picks.

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

Whether Harris loses her seat depends on multiple factors, none of which have been decided yet.

Other, more senior, members of the committee could decide to leave the panel for other committees, where Democrats will have vacancies including the Finance Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

And Schumer and Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Democrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) still need to negotiate the size and ratios of the Senate committees. Democrats are expected to approve their committee assignments by a resolution in January.

A spokesman for McConnell declined to comment on what the make-up of the Judiciary Committee will be next year, noting that negotiations over committee ratios hadn't yet begun.

-Megan Keller contributed.