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 Forbes KerryJohn Kerry to NYU Abu Dhabi: We can't address world problems by 'going it alone' Juan Williams: Trump's dangerous lies on Iran Pompeo: US tried, failed to achieve side deal with European allies MORE (D-Mass.) gets the nod to replace Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonStopping Robert Mueller to protect us all Hillary Clinton hits Trump, pulls out Russian hat during Yale speech Giuliani: Mueller plans to wrap up Trump obstruction probe by Sept. 1 MORE as secretary of State. That would leave Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezThe Hill's Morning Report: Can Trump close the deal with North Korea? Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo Poll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger MORE (D-N.J.) as next in line to take over because the only more senior Democrat, Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (D-Calif.), is set to retain her chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.