The “Washington Insider” section of DTN reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “Most observers would give high odds that current ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., would keep that position in the new Congress next year. But congressional contacts confirm there is a possibility Chambliss could be tapped to be the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Chambliss worked closely with Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.C., during the 2008 Farm Bill debate to form what turned out to be an effective North-South coalition that helped each region get some of their key omnibus farm bill objectives.
“Should Chambliss get the Intelligence position, the next possible ranking slot would be offered to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. But some contacts signal Roberts, for whatever reason, may not get the Agriculture ranking position. If so, next in line would be Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb.”