WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senator John Thune was elected Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference today by his fellow Republican Senators. Thune will officially assume the position of Senate Republican Conference Chairman in late January when Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) steps down from the position. The Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference is the number three leadership position for Senate Republicans and is tasked with spearheading messaging efforts for the conference. Thune's leadership position as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee will be filled by Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.
"I thank my Republican Senate colleagues for electing me to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference," said Thune. "America is facing great challenges, but Senate Republicans have solutions and as Chairman of the Republican Conference, I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to communicate these solutions to the country. We will aggressively communicate a Republican vision for putting Americans back to work and growing our economy, which stands in stark contrast to the Democrat vision of raising taxes and growing government."
The Senate Republican Conference helps senators communicate their priorities to the American people through a wide variety of communications resources, including television, radio, and web technology, among other services.