Today the Senate Democratic Caucus voted to determine who would lead their members for the next two years. Both the Democratic and Republican leadership will remain the same for the incoming 112th Congress.
The caucus chose Nevada Senator Harry Reid to remain as Majority Leader, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois to continue as Whip and Assistant Majority Leader, New York Senator Charles Schumer to stay on as Vice Chair of the Demcratic Conference and Senator Patty Murray of Washington to remain Conference Secretary.
“It has been my great honor to lead this caucus for the past six years,” said Reid. “I am grateful and humbled that my colleagues have asked me to continue to serve in that role. We have a great leadership team, and I’m looking forward to continuing our work together. We stand united and will work together toward a common purpose. Right now, that purpose is putting people back to work.”
The Senate Democratic Leadership for the 112th Congress:
Daniel Inouye, President Pro Tempore
As President pro tempore, Senator Inouye will continue to provide the Democratic Caucus leadership and experience gained from a lifetime of public service.
Dick Durbin, Assistant Majority Leader
As Assistant Majority Leader, Senator Durbin will continue to serve as the Majority Leader’s key aide on and off the floor, helping to lead the Democrats’ fight to protect America and help working families get ahead.
Charles E. Schumer, Vice Chair of the Conference and Chair of the Democratic Policy Committee
The third-ranking member of the Democratic leadership, Senator Schumer will continue to oversee strategy and policy to keep and build support for Democratic values. He will also coordinate messaging for the caucus and help integrate legislative- and message-crafting function into a central, coordinated entity that encompasses policy, media and politics.
Patty Murray, Secretary of the Conference
As Secretary of the Conference, Senator Murray will continue to play a critical role in helping shape and set the Democratic agenda while working with Senators Reid and Durbin to move that agenda through the Senate floor.
Debbie Stabenow, Vice Chair of the Democratic Policy Committee
Senator Stabenow will continue to help guide the Senate Democratic caucus’ messaging and strategy efforts.
Mark Begich, Chair of Steering and Outreach Committee
Senator Begich will serve as Chair of the Steering and Outreach Committee. In his role as chair, Senator Begich will engage Democratic Senators and community leaders across the country in an active dialogue about the pressing issues facing our nation.