Kamala Harris at risk of losing Judiciary Committee spot

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters 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 SchumerLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down 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 FrankenNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again Al Franken urges Trump to give new speech after shootings: 'Try to make it sound like you're sincere, even if you're not' 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 KavanaughLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' Sen. Susan Collins: Israel should allow Omar, Tlaib to visit 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 McConnellTrump faces crucial decisions on economy, guns Are Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' 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.