Senate health panel shake-ups announced

On the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Democrats are opting to drop one Democrat (for a total of 12) instead of adding any Republicans to the current 10.

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) are the new Democrats, taking over from Sens. Chris Dodd (Conn.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Jack Reed (R.I.) Republicans are replacing Coburn and Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) with Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mark Kirk (Ill.).

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will be replacing defeated Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) on the Senate Finance Committee, according to a list of committee assignments obtained by The Hill. Republicans, meanwhile, have added Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and John Thune (S.D.) to their roster after losing Sen. Jim Bunning (Ky.).

That changes the ratio of Democrats to Republicans from 13:10 to 13:11, adding one extra Republican to the panel after the GOP picked up six seats in the midterm elections.