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Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Two Most Likely Senate Education Chairs?

By Lauren Camera — October 14, 2014 1 min read

No matter which party comes out ahead on Election Day, the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will have a new leader. Should Republicans usurp the chamber, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who is currently the ranking member on the education panel, will take the reins. Should Democrats maintain their majority, political observers, education policy experts, and Senate aides expect Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to succeed retiring Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa--though Murray, who currently chairs the Budget Committee, has been adamant about not projecting her future moves.

Both senators have been fixtures of conservative and liberal politics, respectively, for decades, but how well do you know them? Take this quiz to find out and then read more about their careers, both inside the Beltway and out.

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