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Republicans add two women to Senate Judiciary Committee

Joni Ernst (left) and Marsha Blackburn (right)
Joni Ernst (left) and Marsha Blackburn (right). Photos: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Senate Republicans announced on Thursday that Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) will be added to the Judiciary Committee for the 116th Congress.

Why it matters: There were previously no Republican women serving on the committee. This became a source of controversy during the confirmation hearings for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, when Republicans were forced to hire a female prosecutor to question Christine Blasey Ford, who had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as a teenager.

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