The Senate Judiciary Committee in the 117th Congress
The 117th Congress will assemble on January 3, 2021. As the vote stands now, the Democrats will have at least 48 seats in the Senate. They successfully flipped Republican-held seats in Colorado and Arizona. And the Republicans will have at least 48 seats in the Senate. The Alaska and North Carolina races have not been called yet, but the Republicans will probably hold both seats. Therefore, I will presume that the Republicans will have at least 50 seats on the Senate.
The two Georgia seats are headed for runoff elections on January 5. One of them, Senator Perdue, will lose his position on January 3 when the new Congress meets. At that point, I believe the Governor can fill the Senate vacancy by appointment. (If I’m wrong about this point, please email me). Presumably, the Georgia Governor, a Republican, will select Perdue immediately upon their positions becoming vacant. The other Senator, Loeffler is already serving an unexpired term, and her appointment would continue until her successor is qualified. As a result both Perdue and Loeffler would then hold those seats until th
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