As expected, Senate Republican leader Mitchell McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY will continue in their positions.
Schumer was quick to tout the cohesiveness of Senate Democrats at a press conference after leadership elections. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, took over from Thune as chair of the Republican conference. Sen.
"The establishment is trying to hold on, and the American people and Democrats voted for change", Mr. Ryan said.
In addition to Tlaib, Omar, Davids and Halland's historic victories, the Democratic Party also saw a number of other wins for diversity in government.
House Democrats will not hold their leadership elections until after Thanksgiving.
But Rep. Gary J. Palmer of Alabama, who was elected chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, said Republicans will serve in their role as the opposition.
Republicans in the House elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy as their new leader Wednesday while Senate leaders kept their posts for the new Congress. The position is third in line following the vice president and the speaker of the House of Representatives.
Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the November 6 elections and Republicans held onto a majority in the U.S. Senate, but 14 federal and two state governorship races remain undecided more than a week later.
Democrat Katie Porter flipped another Congressional seat on Thursday as she was declared the victor of a tight race in California's 45th district. Joni Ernst, as they sought to address the optics of the GOP side of the aisle being dominated by men.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of OH says the GOP lost its House majority in the midterm election because it didn't deliver on promises to secure the U.S. -Mexico border, fund President Donald Trump's wall and replace the Obama health care law.
A separate source confirmed to CNN that Jordan is interested in the ranking member position on the Judiciary Committee in order to check Democratic investigations that will be led by Rep.
Jordan, a founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus, is running for House minority leader in the new Congress against California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the current majority leader and pick of the GOP establishment.
A yearbook-style collection of headshots of the 116th Congress members-elect has seen social media users pointing out the lack of diversity among incoming Republicans.
McCarthy made that argument too, lawmakers said, suggesting that those who lost their races - or came close to losing - didn't work hard enough to sell the GOP's message.
The three leadership elections that took place Wednesday went largely as expected.
With the spectacle of a divided Congress imminent, McConnell heralded his party's increased majority in the Senate, but reiterated that he would try and find common ground with the Democrats.
McCarthy, a California Republican, has cultivated a relationship with Mr. Trump.
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