Kamala Harris at risk of losing Judiciary Committee spot

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test Sanders to meet with staffers as he does damage control Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration 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 SchumerCardi B expresses solidarity with federal workers not getting paid Government shutdown impasse is a leveraging crisis Overnight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions 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 FrankenGillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government Overnight Health Care: House Dems launch major drug pricing investigation | Judge blocks Trump contraception rule rollback | Booker tries to shake doubts about pharmaceutical ties ahead of 2020 | FDA to resume high-risk food inspections 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 Kavanaugh5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony MSNBC anchor speculates Trump has something 'pretty extreme' on Graham Five things to watch during Barr’s confirmation hearing 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 McConnellOcasio-Cortez rips Trump in first House floor speech: 'It is not normal to shut down the government when we don’t get what we want' Overnight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Supporters leave notes on plaque outside Ocasio-Cortez's office 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.