LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/AP) – U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer were reelected Tuesday as leaders of their caucuses, foreshadowing another potentially bitter two years in divided Senate, especially since actual majority control likely won’t be decided until a special election in early January.
McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, was elected today by acclamation of his Republican colleagues to serve as the Senate Republican Leader for the 117th Congress.
McConnell has served as the Republican Leader since the 110th Congress in 2007-2009. He is the longest-serving Senate Republican leader in the history of the United States and is only the second Kentuckian to ever serve as Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate.
The first, Senator Alben Barkley, led the Democrats from 1937 to 1949.
During his press conference on Capitol Hill, Senator McConnell said, “Grateful to my Senate Republican colleagues for their unanimous confidence in me to continue serving as Leader. We have a lot more to do to continue fighting for working families and strengthening our great country.