WASHINGTON -

 The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing Jan. 28 on President Barack Obama's pick of retiring Sen. Max Baucus to serve as ambassador to China.
    
The six-term Democratic senator is expected to sail toward confirmation by his colleagues. If confirmed, Baucus would replace Gary Locke, who has announced plans to leave the diplomatic post.
    
Baucus has served in the Senate for more than two decades. Obama announced the nomination last year.
    
Baucus decided not to seek re-election to another term. Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana will get to name a replacement.