The ranking member on the Airland subcommittee was former Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), who lost in a primary last year.
Her Republican counterpart on Strategic Forces last year, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), is also moving up with Sanchez and will be chairman of the Airland subcommittee in the 113th Congress.
He replaces former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), who lost reelection.
Smith has not yet named the Democratic subcommittee ranking members for the Armed Services panel this year.