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Who’s on the Senate Judiciary Committee now and who was on it in 1991

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) (L) talks with ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) during the thrid day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Senate Judiciary Chairman
Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne
Feinstein.


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Somodevilla/Getty Images



  • When Anita Hill testified that then-Supreme Court nominee
    Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her in 1991, all 14 members of
    the Senate Judiciary Committee were white men.
  • Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Orrin Hatch of
    Utah, and Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont are still on the
    committee.
  • Today, all of the Republicans on the committee are white men.
    Four of the Democrats are women, and three of the Democrats are
    people of color.
  • Christine Blasey Ford is scheduled to testify before the
    committee about her sexual assault allegation against Supreme
    Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday.

Back in 1991 when Anita Hill testified that
then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed
her, it was before an all-white, all-male Senate Judiciary
Committee.

That image, and the cultural issues that Hill’s story brought up,
inspired a record number of women to run for office, prompting
1992 to be called “The Year of the Woman.”

On Thursday, Christine Blasey Ford
will testify
before the committee that Supreme Court justice
nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually
assaulted her when the two were in high school. Kavanaugh will
also testify on Thursday.

Today, four of the Democrats on the committee are women, and
three Democrats are people of color. All of the Republicans are
white men.

Three of the senators — Republicans Chuck Grassley of Iowa and
Orrin Hatch of Utah, and Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont, were
actually on committee when Hill testified, and are still on it
today.

Here’s who was on the Senate Judiciary Committee then and
now:senate judiciary committee members clarence thomas brett kavanaughShayanne Gal/Business Insider

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