House and Senate Caucuses Hold Leadership Elections
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
Washington, DC - The House Republican Caucus and the Senate Republican and Democratic Caucuses have held their leadership elections for the 115th Congress. The House Democratic Caucus will hold their elections on November 30, a stunning blow to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's hopes to remain in her post as the leader of the minority party in the House.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was unanimously chosen by his colleagues as the Republican nominee for Speaker of the House. Ryan will most likely win re-election to the position in January. Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will continue to serve as Majority Leader, Steve Scalise (R-LA) will continue to serve as the Majority Whip, Luke Messer (R-IN) will continue to serve as Chair of the Republican Policy Committee, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) will continue to serve as Republican Conference Chairwoman. New to the House GOP leadership for the 115th Congress will be Steve Stives (R-OH) as Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Doug Collins (R-GA) as Vice-Chair of the Republican Conference, and Jason Smith (R-MO) as Republican Conference Secretary.
On the Senate side, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will continue to serve as Republican Leader, John Cornyn (R-TX) will serve as the Majority Whip, John Thune (R-SD) was re-elected Chair of the Republican Conference, John Barrasso (R-WY) will continue to head the Republican Policy Committee, and Roy Blunt (R-MO) will remain Vice-Chair of the Republican Conference. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joins the leadership team as Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) which is responsible for Senate Republicans' election activities.
Senate Democrats also held leadership elections for their expanded minority with Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) winning the post of Democratic Leader. Richard Durbin (D-IL) will serve as Minority Whip while Patty Murray (D-WA) will serve as Assistant Democratic Leader. Leader Schumer has expanded the Democratic leadership team to now include 10 colleagues with Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) serving as Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will serve as the chair of caucus outreach, Joe Manchin (D-WV), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Mark Warner (D-VA) will serve as Vice-Chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will serve as Chair of the Steering Committee.
House Democrats will hold their elections, not on Thursday the 17th as planned but on Wednesday November 30th in a blow to Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the former Speaker of the House and current Democratic Leader. Politico reports that rank and file members of the caucus want time to digest analyze the party's failures in the November 8th election before caucus leadership is determined.