WASHINGTON -- Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., was renamed part of the Senate Democratic leadership team as members met to organize for the new Congress.

Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., reappointed Kerry to serve as chairman of the steering committee, which oversees the naming of senators to committees.

Kerry is the only senator from the Northeast represented in the eight-member leadership team.

Kerry and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., will retain their senior committee spots in the 105th Congress, which convenes Jan. 7.

Kennedy is the top Democrat on the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee, where he is ranking Democrat on the subcommittee on immigration, and on the Armed Services Committee, where he is the top Democrat on the subcommittee on seapower.

Kerry serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where he is the ranking Democrat on the subcommittee on oceans and fisheries. He also serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, where he is the top Democrat on the subcommittee on international operations.

Kerry also is a member of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, the Small Business Committtee and the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Committee assignments were ratified yesterday as senators met in their party caucuses.