WordPress 4.4's start includes updates to the WordPress committer list.
For 4.4, one new guest committer was added, three guest committers were renewed, and two were made permanent.
- Added: Tammie Lister
- Renewed: Ella Van Dorpe, Weston Ruter, Konstantin Obenland
- Made permanent: Aaron Jorbin, Jeremy Felt
The privilege of commit means what it looks like: these folks can commit patches to core. It makes them a gatekeeper to what features and fixes go into WordPress trunk. Most of their work will still be reviewed by a lead developer, but it gives them a lot of responsibility.
All of these folks have made big contributions for quite some time and are well deserving in their recognition. Bringing up new committers is a great tradition of WordPress and I'm happy to see this responsibility and trust bestowed on these contributors.