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Washington, D.C. —  U.S. Senator John Thune was elected Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee (RPC) today by the Senate Republican caucus. Senator Thune's previous position as Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairman was filled by Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. The Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee is considered the number four leadership position for Senate Republicans and deals directly with policy formulation.

"I would like to thank my Senate colleagues for their support," said Thune. "I look forward to continuing to make sure that issues important to South Dakota and our nation are brought to the forefront of policy discussions. I will continue to work hard on issues such as renewable energy, agriculture, transportation, health care, defense, and our nation's dangerously large debt and believe that this position will give me another opportunity to make the case for these and other South Dakota priorities."

The U.S. Senate majority and minority party policy committees were created in 1946 to coordinate and enhance legislative policymaking. The policy committees hold weekly policy lunches to gather and discuss issues before the Senate and review the anticipated agenda. The experienced policy analysts on staff at RPC produce in-depth research papers on many issues before Congress, as well as legislative updates that assist Senators and staff regarding floor debate and votes.