U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell elected majority leader by caucus

11/13/2014 12:22 PM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was unanimously re-elected to his leadership position by his Republican caucus colleagues in a closed door meeting Thursday, according to McConnell’s Senate office.

By remaining in his position of leader of his caucus, McConnell will become the Senate majority leader in January when the new Congress convenes after Republicans picked up enough seats to take control of the chamber after the Nov. 4 elections.

McConnell becomes the second Kentuckian to be named majority leader. Democratic U.S. Sen. Alben Barkley of Kentucky held the post from July 1937 until January 1947.

McConnell, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984, was given the title of leader in 2007, after Republicans lost control of the upper chamber the same year and have not been in the majority since.

“We’ve assembled a great leadership team that will focus on getting the Senate working again, and passing legislation to help create jobs, improve the economy and continue moving our nation towards energy independence,” McConnell said in a statement after the meeting. “We are eager to work towards bipartisan agreements and to implement real legislative accomplishments.”

In the meeting, Republicans also elected Sen. John Cornyn of Texas as the Senate Republican Whip, South Dakota Sen. John Thune as Conference Chairman, Sen, John Barrasso of Wyoming as Policy Chairman, Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri as Republican Vice Conference Chairman and Mississippi U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker to serve as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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