Republican majority in Senate = Democrat Chair of the most powerful committee.
“The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Joint Budget Committee shall be selected by the members of the Senate Joint Budget Committee.” — Senate Rule 7.02 (f) of 2013
Pressures on the rule:
Despite a sizable majority for Republicans in the Senate, [Jonathan] Dismang said he’s hoping current Joint Budget Committee chairman Larry Teague (D-Nashville) will continue in his fiscal oversight role.
“Sen. Teague has done a great job for Sen. Lamoureux in this current session. We haven’t visited yet on what he would like to do moving forward, but that would probably be one of the more prominent positions that we’d have some influence on,” Dismang said. — TalkBusiness.net, March 23, 2014
[Jonathan] Dismang said [Gary] Stubblefield a day earlier had objected to his support for keeping Democratic Sen. Larry Teague as co-chairman of the Joint Budget Committee. – Arkansas Democrat Gazette,November 7, 2014