Schumer re-elected Senate leader after expanding Democrats’ majority

washington – Sen. Chuck Schumer was unanimously elected to another term as Senate Democratic leader on Thursday, including a secured a majority of 51 seats For a new era of divided government in Congress.

Senate Democrats met behind closed doors at the Capitol to choose their leadership team for the new Congress that begins in January.

As Senate majority leader, Schumer has proven a surprisingly steady, if frenetic, force in the midst of one of Congress’s more consequential sessions.

He took command in the weeks following the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and has led his party through the COVID-19 crisis and unexpected legislative achievements, many of them bipartisan. A former campaign chief, he led the party to a majority and expanded it to 51 seats with Sen. Raphael Warnock. special election victory Tuesday in Georgia.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks at a press conference on December 7, 2022.

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Two New Yorkers on top of Democratic leadership in Congress as Schumer re-elected Rep. Hakeem Jefferies, the incoming House Minority Leader. Jeffries was chosen to lead the Democrats following Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to step down the following year.

Senate Democrats are expected to fill out their leadership team with new and returning figures.

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is on track for another term in the No. 2 spot. The No. 3 position is to be filled by Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

With Republicans controlling the House, it will be a new challenge for Schumer in a divided Washington.

Senate Republicans have already chosen their team, putting Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on track to become the longest-serving party leader in the chamber.

McConnell beat off a rare challenge from Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott, the party’s campaign chief, who failed to win back the Senate majority for Republicans.

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