Rep. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, will be joining the U.S. Senate. Markey won a special election for the seat that was vacated by former Sen. John Kerry (D), who now serves as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez. With Markey leaving the House, the next person in line for the top Democratic spot on the House Natural Resources Committee is Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon). But news reports say Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona), who has a more prominent record on Indian issues, is also vying for the post.