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Republican Mitch McConnell elected as the Majority Leader of US Senate

Nov 14, 2014 13:18 IST

Mitch McConnell was on 13 November 2014 elected as the Majority Leader of the 100-member US Senate. He is originally known by the name Addison Mitchell McConnell, Jr.

He became the Majority leader after he was unanimously re-elected by the Republicans. Republican Party gained majority in the mid-term elections held for the US Senate on 4 November 2014.

McConnell, the senator from Kentucky, will take over the position from current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Democratic Party at the start of the new session of US Congress on 3 January 2015.

Meanwhile, Democrats re-elected Harry Reid as their Senate leader, though his election was opposed by some Democrats.

Moreover, Republicans elected John Cornyn as Senate Republican whip and John Thune as Senate Republican Conference chairman. Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi was elected to helm the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming as well as Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt of Missouri was also re-elected.

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