By Julian Pecquet - 07/17/13 09:08 PM EDT
The Senate's newest member has been awarded a spot on the Foreign Relations Committee.
Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) was sworn in Tuesday after winning the race to replace the panel's former chairman, John Kerry. He will take the spot vacated by Bob Casey (D-Penn.), who left the committee after Markey's swearing in.
Casey, who chaired the Near East and South/Central Asia subpanel, gave up his seat as part of his move to the Finance Committee, where he replaced Kerry in February. He remains a member of the National Security Working Group as well the co-Chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Caucus.
Markey will also serve on the Commerce and Small Business panels. Markey is one of 12 first-term senators on the 16-member committee, which has lost much of its institutional knowledge with last year's defeat of ranking member Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Kerry's nomination to secretary of State.