Baucus retirement could shake up Senate Energy Committee

If Wyden does leave, Sen. Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuProject Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible CNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' MORE (D-La.) would be next in line to chair Energy and Natural Resources. That’s because Sen. Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonCourt ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting MORE (D-S.D.), who is most senior under Wyden, is not seeking reelection.

But a Landrieu-led committee assumes two things — that she wins a reelection fight many expect to be tough, and that Democrats maintain control of the Senate.

Landrieu's more conservative stance on some energy issues, however, is a bit out of step with Senate Democratic leadership. 

She has opposed repealing tax breaks for the oil and gas industry and has resisted measures to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The possibility of her leading Energy and Natural Resources could therefore put pressure on Wyden to stay put.

Should Landrieu lose her race and Democrats keep their majority in the Senate, Sen. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Week ahead: Trump expected to shrink two national monuments Live coverage: Senate Republicans pass tax bill MORE (D-Wash.) would chair Energy and Natural Resources if Wyden departs.

The Hill's Bernie Becker has more on Baucus' retirement here.