With Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., stepping down from his Senate seat and banking committee chairmanship after next year, analysts say contenders for the committee post could include Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Analysts say Mr. Brown could take a tough stance on big banks as chairman.

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