Iowa’s Joni Ernst To Serve On Senate’s Judiciary Committee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s newly elected U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn will be one of the first two Republican women to ever serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Blackburn confirmed in a Wednesday tweet she had been appointed to the committee alongside Sen. Joni Ernst from Iowa. The appointments were first reported by Politico.

The committee currently has four Democratic women senators, but has long been criticized for only having all-male GOP members.

Scrutiny particularly arose when the Judiciary Committee investigated charges of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Republicans hired a female attorney to question Kavanaugh during that hearing.

Blackburn previously made history earlier this year when she was elected as Tennessee’s first female U.S. senator.

Blackburn says she is honored to “blaze a trail” for women with the committee appointment.