The Senate Armed Services Committee also lost five members, four through retirement and one who lost reelection Tuesday. The panel’s ranking member could be changing, too, as Sen. John McCainJohn McCainDrug importation won't save dollars or lives Dem rep Charlie Crist files for divorce Why the GOP cannot sweep its Milo scandal under the rug MORE (R-Ariz.) is term-limited.
A closer look at each committee:
House Armed Services
Tactical Air and Land subcommittee Chairman Roscoe Bartlett’s (R-Md.) loss Tuesday brought the total number of subcommittee heads leaving the Armed Services Committee to three, after that panel’s ranking member, Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), lost in a primary and Seapower Chairman Todd Akin (R-Mo.) mounted an unsuccessful Senate bid.
The departures will spark a game of musical chairs in the committee for top spots on the sub-panels, with several other chairmen looking to lead more powerful subcommittees and others looking to fill those empty seats.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), whose father was chairman of the full committee, is most frequently mentioned as a potential member to move into leadership, although sources say that’s not a done deal yet.
Defense insiders say subcommittee Chairmen Randy ForbesRandy ForbesWhy there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary Trump likely to tap business executive to head Navy: report Congress asserts itself MORE (R-Va.), Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Joe WilsonJoe WilsonA guide to the committees: House Overnight Cybersecurity: Flynn fallout | Trump, Trudeau pledge cyber cooperation | Dems want detals on Trump's phone Four areas Republicans have moved to uproot Obama’s legacy MORE (R-S.C.) and Rob WittmanRob WittmanA guide to the committees: House Five races to watch in 2017 VA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat MORE (R-Va.) might all eye moves as the committee shakes out.
The number of full-committee members who will not be back next year totals at least nine, with another three members in races that have yet to be called.
Among the notable potential losses is Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.). The outspoken Tea Party freshman is currently trailing challenger Patrick Murphy (D) by about 2,500 votes in a race that’s yet to be called.
House Appropriations Defense
The Defense sub-panel will see a lot of turnover in 2013, with Dicks and two other Democrats leaving, Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) retiring and Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) potentially stepping down as chairman.
Young requested a waiver to lead the committee in the 112th Congress after being term-limited. He has not said if he will try to do so again, and leadership has not indicated if the 21-term lawmaker would receive another waiver. Defense observers say if that does not happen, Reps. Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney FrelinghuysenA guide to the committees: House Republicans who oppose, support Trump refugee order House GOP picks two women to lead committees MORE (R-N.J.) and Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) are likely to try and succeed Young.
On the Democratic side, Visclosky and Moran are seen as most likely to take over for Dicks, as Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) is vying for the full committee’s top Democratic spot.
If she doesn’t wind up getting it — particularly if someone from leadership returns to the committee — the possibility remains that she could leapfrog the other Democrats in seniority on the Defense panel, defense insiders say.
Senate Armed Services
The Senate Armed Services panel will see four members depart. Three Democrats will leave through retirement: Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Jim Webb (D-Va.). A fourth, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), lost his reelection bid to Sen.-elect Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders and Schumer are right: Ellison for DNC chair Dean: Schumer's endorsement 'kiss of death' for Ellison How the candidates for DNC chair stack up ahead of Saturday's vote MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday.
But perhaps the biggest change in the committee will be felt with the looming departure of McCain as ranking member. The vocal critic of President Obama is term-limited, with Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeA guide to the committees: Senate GOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law GOP bill would eliminate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau MORE (R-Okla.) next in line to replace him.
McCain could request a waiver to remain the committee’s ranking member, but he’s made no indication yet that he would do so.
One new face that’s likely to join the committee is Sen.-elect Tim KaineTim KaineWashington-area lawmakers request GAO report on DC Metro Kaine discusses refugee crisis with Pope Francis during Vatican visit A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (D-Va.), who will replace Webb after defeating former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) in the military-heavy state.
Senate Appropriations Defense
This panel is seeing the least change of the four defense committees on election night, as only Hutchison is departing.
There could be movement, however, if senators eye open spots on other Appropriations subcommittees.