HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut’s freshman U.S. senator, has been named to Senate committees that oversee issues affecting the armed services, the Department of Justice and judicial nominations, health and drug regulation and senior citizens.

The Democrat said Thursday that his appointments will help the state create jobs and protect the U.S. Submarine Base in Groton, which has been pegged for closure in the past.

Blumenthal announced he will sit on the Senate’s Armed Services, Judiciary, and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committees. He was also appointed to the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging.

Blumenthal was elected in November, replacing former Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd, who retired in January.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., also sits on the Armed Services Committee.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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