Democrats play musical chairs on Senate foreign affairs panel

The panel will still have only 10 members despite Democrats winning two seats in the 2012 elections. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is retiring from the Senate.

Murphy served on the House Foreign Affairs panel on the Middle East and South Asia during his six years in the House.

The top spot on the committee might also come open if Sen. John KerryJohn KerryObama cyber czar: Trump State Department needs cybersecurity office Kerry on Trump’s military transgender ban: ‘We’re better than this’ Senators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him MORE (D-Mass.) gets the nod to replace Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHouse Judiciary Committee votes to request documents on Comey, Clinton GOP senator warns Trump: Panel won't take up attorney general nominee this year Overnight Cybersecurity: Facebook invests in group fighting election hacking | House panel advances DHS cyber revamp bill | Lawmakers mull cyber insurance for small businesses MORE as secretary of State. That would leave Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezBipartisan group, Netflix actress back bill for American Latino Museum The Mideast-focused Senate letter we need to see Taiwan deserves to participate in United Nations MORE (D-N.J.) as next in line to take over because the only more senior Democrat, Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerTime is now to address infrastructure needs Tom Steyer testing waters for Calif. gubernatorial bid Another day, another dollar for retirement advice rip-offs MORE (D-Calif.), is set to retain her chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.