November 16th, 2010
11:17 AM ET
4 years ago

Senate leadership unchanged for 112th Congress






Washington (CNN) - The top Democratic and Republican Senate leadership will remain the same for the incoming 112th Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, were chosen by their Democratic and Republican colleagues, respectively, to head their party caucuses again.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin remains the chamber's number two Democrat; New York's Charles Schumer will keep his post as the third-ranking Democrat, Reid announced. Arizona Sen. John Kyl and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander will once again fill the second and third highest slots in the GOP chain of command, according to Republican leadership aides.

– CNN's Ted Barrett and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Einstein was right – the definition of insanity IS doing the same thing over and over again, all the while expecting different results.

    November 16, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Thomas

    That's too bad. I truly think that the Democratic party would be better served with another person in that role. Reid has a lot of public baggage. It is too bad that the Democrats could not have elected someone equally capable but with less public baggage.

    November 16, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    No purity tests, Harry? Or 5 page solemn oaths to prove yourself first? How boring for the media ...

    November 16, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Travis Smith

    Great!!!!!!!!! He did a great job considering all the opposition, from the party of NO!!!!!!!

    November 16, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. bob

    Seriously? I like Harry, but he has no uumph and excitement. I don't believe he is a good leader either.

    November 16, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "Einstein was right – the definition of insanity IS doing the same thing over and over again, all the while expecting different results."

    Indeed. Just look at the results on November 2, 2010 in relation to the top issue being the economy.

    November 16, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Chas in Iowa

    I thought the times of entitlement were over. With all four of these leaders I feel their time has gone well past it's prime.
    Seniority and entitlement have no place in the House or Senate leadership. All four of these figureheads are no more than obstructionists that see themselves as some sort of menelovant leader when all are getting more than a bit tired to the general public.

    November 16, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Theresa

    I wonder if Harry Reid will follow through on his pledge for filibuster reform at the start of the 112th Congress. I'll bet: No.

    November 16, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. kat

    I still can't believe the people of Nevada would be foolish enough to vote for this idiot again. With the likes of him in charge the entire country could end up in the same mess Nevada is in.

    November 16, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Sherri W.W.

    The person I wish the news would pay attention to for a bit,is the Congressman~elect,from out East~a lawyer~who had a FIT YESTERDAY WHEN HE FOUND OUT HIS HEALTH INS.WOULD NOT START FOR 28 DAYS!~HE SAID"what am I gonna DO without health ins.for a MONTH!?~But he will be one of these guys trying to take ALL health ins away from the rest of us!~DIG INTO THAT STORY CNN PLEASE!

    November 16, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. November 2010

    Not even close to a supermajority anymore for the dems. They better start including the GOP if they want to get anything done. BTW dems....are you still licking your wounds from 11/2???? Just checking.

    November 16, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Whatever

    SAD!!!! Some changes should have been made on both sides in the Senate. McConnell has been "outed as a two faced idiot" by Bush in his new book – when he asked Bush to withdraw troops from Afghan back in 2006 in order to help the Republicans win the House but would say from the podium that any type of action or request from the other side would be treason. HYPOCRITE!!!!

    Harry Reid – well he can fall into ranks and let someone new run the Democrats in the Senate.

    November 16, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |