Connecticut’s junior senator did just fine with his committee assignments. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who took office Jan. 5, said today he was given seats on Judiciary, Armed Services and HELP, the committee of Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He also is assigned to a special committee on aging.

“I am excited and honored to join these committees, each with special meaning and relevance to Connecticut,” Blumenthal said. “While we face great challenges, we also have the chance to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of the American people, from students, to seniors, to our brave men and women in uniform serving overseas. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate on sound, practical solutions for the people of Connecticut and our entire nation.”

Connecticut now has both senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee, an important perch from which to help the state’s defense contractors. Joseph Lieberman, who is retiring in two years, also sits on Armed Services. That is the only panel he and Blumenthal share.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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