By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono has been named the new chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on oversight, federal rights and agency action.
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the announcement on Thursday.
The subcommittee was created last year to provide oversight of agency rulemaking. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the current chairman, is taking over the Senate Armed Services' airland subcommittee.
Hirono, a freshman who took office in the Senate last year, will take control of the subcommittee on April 1.
“I look forward to chairing the Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Actions and thank Chairman Leahy for this opportunity to help make sure that the voices of everyday citizens are heard,” Hirono said in a statement. “I plan to work so that the unique needs of Hawaii are represented as we review agency actions and Executive Branch initiatives. I will also look for ways to improve oversight of government waste and abuse and strengthen consumer protections for all Americans.”