While control of the Senate is still up for grabs, both parties did not see major changes to their leadership.
The contrast, however, was stark. While Democrats quickly conducted their election business and moved on, Republicans met for more than 90 minutes.
“Everybody’s ecstatic. I think that’s part of why it’s taking so long. We’ve had a lot of excitement about the results. Everybody’s happy with the leadership,” said Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana.
Tuesday’s leadership election was the first time the Senate Democratic Caucus met in person in about eight months, because of the coronavirus.
“We picked up seats, we have a chance to still be in the majority and while I think you have to engage in a process of reflection we also shouldn’t beat ourselves up too bad,” said Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut. “Chuck is also just a very unique figure in the caucus. There’s no one who works harder to keep in touch with everyone in the caucus … there was no question about who our leader was going to be. “
Republicans are headed into next year with a narrow majority. But if Democrats win two runoff races in Georgia on Jan. 5, they will take back the majority with a 50-50 Senate and Joe Biden as president.