Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s defeat in New Hampshire means the Senate Armed Services Committee is losing a vocal, senior Republican member who has made the saving the A-10 and keeping Guantanamo Bay open priorities of her time on the committee.

Apart from Ayotte’s loss, most members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee who were running to keep their seats emerged Wednesday morning largely unscathed, meaning some stability in membership is likely to remain going into 2017.

Ayotte, R-N.H., lost to the state’s Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. State officials announced the result on Wednesday afternoon when Hassan led by fewer than 700 votes, but Ayotte had not yet conceded.

This year, Ayotte’s office released an unclassified report of the past activities of detainees still held at Guantanamo Bay. While her loss on this issue will be felt, analysts said others will carry on that fight if needed.

Her departure from Washington next year will also mean the loss of an ally of keeping the A-10s flying, which could put more pressure on its supporters in the House, such as Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.

Ayotte was also part of the “Three Amigos” with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who frequently opposed the administration on military matters and foreign policy. McCain, too, will be returning to the Senate.

The two other members of the Senate Armed Services Committee who were up for reelection and kept their seats were Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Mike Lee, R-Utah. McCain will remain chairman.

It’s unclear which, if any, new senators may join the committee in the next Congress. Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who previously served on the House Armed Services Committee, will likely be looking to continue that work in the upper chamber, but analysts said it’s not clear if there will be an open seat for her.

“Duckworth would certainly be a good candidate for SASC, but it may be limited available slots. Is another SASC Democrat going to give up their spot for Duckworth? The other thing that could change would be the ratio of Rs to Ds, which could create another opening for Duckworth,” said Justin Johnson, an analyst with the Heritage Foundation.

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On the House side, of the more than 50 members of the House Armed Services Committee running for reelection, only one lost his race. Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., will not be returning to Congress after being defeated by Republican Don Bacon, an Air Force veteran.

Two senior members of the House Armed Services Committee were running for Senate seats and lost those races. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., and Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., will not be returning to Washington next year. Sanchez often asked questions in hearings about women in combat and gender integration, while Heck as a former military doctor helped educate his peers and reform the military healthcare system, experts said.

Several other senior members will not be returning because of retirements, including Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., or a loss in a primary race, such as Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va.

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