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Who Could Succeed Lugar on Foreign Relations Panel?—PICTURES

May 8, 2012

Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., who along with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, lost a stiff primary challenge against Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock on Tuesday. With Lugar's loss, Republicans will choose a new leader on the Foreign Relations Committee. Here is a look at other GOP members of the committee:

(RELATED: Roots of Lugar's Defeat Began Back Home)

James Risch, R-Idaho: Risch came to the Senate in 2008 and joined the Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees. He told Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2009 that there was a lack of urgency in Afghanistan. Risch also tried to block a vote on the new START treaty with Russia in 2010, citing new intelligence that he said couldn't be revealed in open session.(AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

Bob Corker, R-Tenn.: As a member of the committee, Corker has advocated for Congress to reassert itself on foreign relations.(Liz Lynch)

Marco Rubio, R-Fla.: Rubio's name has come up as a possible vice presidential pick. He is also the ranking minority member on the full committee's subcommittee on narcotics. The junior senator from the Sunshine State asserted his foreign policy views recently at a Brookings event.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

 

James Inhofe, R-Okla.: The senior senator from the Sooner State, whose third full term expires in 2014, is the ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee.(SUSAN WALSH/AP)

Jim DeMint, R-S.C.: DeMint is known for his strong conservative views and his association with the tea party. DeMint has in the past blamed Congress for foreign-relations blunders. In 2007, at the height of the insurgency in Iraq, he said: “Al-Qaida knows that we’ve got a lot of wimps in Congress. I believe a lot of the casualties can be laid at the feet of all the talk in Congress about how we’ve got to get out, we’ve got to cut and run.”(J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP)

John Barrasso, R-Wyo.: Barrasso is the ranking member on the European Affairs Subcommittee. He has had a low profile on the committee since he was appointed to the Senate in 2007 after Craig Thomas died in office.(J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP)

 

Mike Lee, R-Utah: The junior senator from Utah won election in 2010 and has so far kept a low profile on the committee.(Chet Susslin)

 
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