Democrats could lose up to three members from the Senate Armed Services Committee as a result of the midterm elections. Two Democratic members lost their races on Tuesday — Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.). A third, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, trailed Gov. Rick Scott by only 30,000 votes as of Wednesday in his re-election race, and it could go to a recount. The Strategic Forces subcommittee will need a new ranking member to replace Donnelly. Nelson is the top Democrat on the Cybersecurity panel, so a second leadership position could be available as well.
With the GOP retaining control of the Senate, Jim Inhofe (Okla.) will remain chairman in the 116th Congress. There were some changes recently on the Republican side, however, following the death of John McCain in August. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) became chairman of the Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, after Inhofe was officially approved by the Senate to replace McCain as full committee chairman. Also, Jon Kyl was sworn in to fill McCain’s Senate seat, although he is expected to serve only until January.
National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Rebecca Imwalle