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The new GOP power players

Published 1:50 AM ET, Wed November 5, 2014
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Sen. John McCain is expected to become the next chairman of the Armed Services Committee. McCain is a vocal critic of President Obama for being too soft on foreign policy. If he assumes the position, he will likely push for ground troops in Syria and Iraq in an effort to defeat ISIS. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Sen. Thad Cochran is in line to become chairman of the Appropriations Committee. The Mississippi Republican will have major influence over government funding as he oversees 13 spending bills for the next fiscal year. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Sen. Jeff Sessions is next in line to chair the Budget Committee. The Alabama senator is a budget hawk who is interested in cutting government spending and waste. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Sen. John Thune is set to chair the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. He would focus on business and trade legislation and oversight. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Sen. Lisa Murkowski would lead Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She is expected to push to lift the ban on exporting crude oil and build support for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Sen. Jim Inhofe is in position to head the Environment and Public Works Committee. The Oklahoma Republican has voiced his skepticism against climate change claims, calling it "the most-media hyped environmental issue." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Sen. Orrin Hatch will lead the powerful tax-writing Finance Committee during a year many senators are clamoring to overhaul the tax code. He also has major influence on the Affordable Care Act and Medicare and Social Security. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Sen. Bob Corker will head the Foreign Relations Committee. He's been a chief critic of the White House on Syria and Iran but has also shown a willingness to work with President Obama. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Sen. Ron Johnson will lead the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. A critic of the administration's handling of Benghazi, the Wisconsin Republican is likely to conduct another investigation. Darren Hauck/Getty Images
Sen. Lamar Alexander is set to be the next chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee. He is a proponent for education reform and would likely push to decrease government intervention in state education systems. Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Sen. Chuck Grassley will become the next chairman of the Judiciary Committee. If Obama waits until next year to nominate a new attorney general, Grassley would play a key role in the confirmation process. Steve Pope/Getty Images
Sen. Richard Burr is a likely candidate for two chairmanship positions. He is currently the ranking member of the Veteran Affairs Committee, but is also the next in line to chair the Intelligence Committee and has expressed interest in that panel. He has yet to decide which post he will take. Mark Wilson/Getty Images
If Sen. Burr does not accept the Veteran Affairs Committee chairmanship, Sen. Johnny Isakson is rumored to take up the gavel. The Georgian has served on the committee since 2011. Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Sen. James Risch will likely lead the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. If Sen. Burr decides not to chair the Intelligence Committee, the Idaho Republican would be the next in line. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Sen. Richard Shelby will become the chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, a position he held from 2003 to 2007. He is a critic of the Dodd-Frank Act. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images