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Elizabeth Warren gets picked for banking, aging, and health committees

WASHINGTON—The Senate’s Democratic leadership announced committee assignments Wednesday, and as expected Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren will have a seat on the Banking Committee—befitting her previous role as a fierce watchdog on banks and Wall Street.

Warren was also named to two other committees—one on aging, and the other on health, education, labor and pensions—that will provide her with additional platforms to work on issues affecting the country’s middle class.

“These committee assignments will allow all members of our caucus to bring their unique talents and expertise to bear as we work together to advance the interests of the middle class,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement announcing the appointments by the Democratic Steering Committee.

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Senator John Kerry, also a Democrat from Massachusetts, will continue to serve on four committees, including as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee—assuming he remains in the Senate. Kerry is on a short list of candidates for secretary of state.

Warren defeated Senator Scott Brown last month in one of the country’s most watched races, partly by campaigning on her role as a critic of the financial industry. Warren was a chief architect of the financial consumer protection agency created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.

With Brown’s departure, the Bay State will lose its voice on the armed services, homeland security, and veterans committees. Brown also serves on the Small Business Committee with Kerry.

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