Sen. Chuck Schumer won Minority Senate Leader while Sen. Mitch McConnell maintained his position as Senate Majority Leader:
Schumer, who until Wednesday was the third-ranking Senate Democrat, secured the top position with little opposition after Reid, D-Nevada, announced his retirement this summer.
And he managed to hold onto the post, despite Democrats boasting for years about retaking control of the Senate in 2016, only to gain two seats and fall short of winning a majority.
“I am humbled and honored by the trust and confidence my colleagues have placed in me,” Schumer said after the balloting. “I am going to wake up every single day focused on how Senate Democrats can effectively fight for America’s middle class and those struggling to make it.”
Sen. Dick Durbin will remain as minority whip.
House Republicans renominated Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House, but House Democrats have not yet decided to keep Nancy Pelosi as minority leader. They will not vote until after Thanksgiving.
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