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McConnell Re-Elected as Senate Majority Leader; Dems Pick Schumer

McConnell Re-Elected as Senate Majority Leader; Dems Pick Schumer

Mitch McConnell is flanked by Mike Pence and Donald Trump. (AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 16 November 2016 04:36 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged — after being re-elected to lead Republicans in the upper chamber next year — to work with a Donald Trump administration to "restore the trust of the American people."

"Everybody would agree that this was a combative battle, and the American people came out and voted for change," the Kentucky senator told reporters after the closed-door session on Capitol Hill.

"We want to address the American people's biggest concerns and priorities, which we believe are the improving economy and creating better paying jobs in the economy and defending and protecting our homeland and keeping Americans safe."

"People are extremely frustrated and they are tired of business as usual and the status quo in Washington, D.C.," McConnell added. "All of us need to hear that message — and it is my hope that here in the Senate and with the new White House coming, we can work together to restore the trust of the American people."

McConnell's re-election was never in doubt.

A stern legislative tactician, McConnell, 74, remains widely popular among his GOP colleagues.

He enraged Democrats by refusing to let the Senate consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in February.

McConnell was Senate minority leader for eight years before becoming majority leader when the GOP took control in 2015.

He distanced himself from Trump during the campaign, at times flatly refusing to discuss the race with reporters.

In other GOP leadership posts, Texas Sen. John Cornyn remained majority whip, South Dakota Sen. John Thune was re-elected chairman of the Republican Senate Conference, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt was elected vice chairman, and Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso was elected chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner was elected chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

"This is an exciting time to be a Republican," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus said. "I look forward to seeing our Republican majorities in both chambers work with President-elect Donald Trump to bring the change Americans voted for last week."

On the Democratic side, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, 65, was elected minority leader, also in a closed-door meeting with party members. He will succeed Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, who is retiring after three decades on Capitol Hill.

"Where we can work together we will," Schumer told reporters regarding his expected relationship with Trump, though cautioning: "On issues where we disagree, you can expect a strong and tough fight."

In a nod to reaching out to blue-collar voters who voted for President-elect Trump, Schumer tapped former 2016 presidential candidate and Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders for his 10-member leadership team.

Others members of Schumer's team include Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner.

In other Democratic leadership positions, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin remained minority whip, the No. 2 spot, while Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state was chosen as assistant Democratic leader.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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