by Dave Boucher, The Tennessean, November 6, 2014 - The implications of Republicans taking control of the U.S. Senate are perhaps best embodied in the powerful positions awaiting Tennessee's two GOP senators.
Both Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are poised to take committee chairmanships, elevating their national profile while increasing their sway in the Senate. Corker is set to become chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, described by Nashville political analyst Pat Nolan as "one of the most if not the most prestigious committees in the Senate."
Alexander is in line to chair the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, or HELP, committee and lead an appropriations subcommittee related to energy and water development. (link)