Sen. Bob Corker. (Photo: Staff)

Sen. Bob Corker confirmed Thursday he plans to step down from his post on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, according to a report from Washington, D.C., newspaper The Hill. 

The committee, which oversees legislation regarding national energy policy, also considers legislation regarding national parks, public lands and forests, and water.

Corker, who was appointed to serve on the Energy Committee after being sworn into his first term in 2007, also serves in roles on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; and is the ranking member on the Senate Special Committee on Aging. 

Next year, Corker is widely expected to become the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee.