McConnell to helm Senate GOP, Schumer new leader for Dems
Senate Republicans re-elected Mitch McConnell on Wednesday to be majority leader next year while Democrats picked Chuck Schumer to lead them, setting the chief actors as the chamber prepares to push an agenda that will be dominated by Donald Trump and the GOP.
McConnell, 74, is a discreet but deadly master of the Senate’s legislative chess game. His role will be to steer GOP bills to the desk of a president whose name he barely spoke during a tumultuous campaign.
As Senate minority leader, Schumer will assume his weakened party’s most powerful remaining post as it struggles to define its role in a Republican-dominated government. The New Yorker’s ascension has been a virtual lock since last year, when he quickly nailed down votes for the top job after current Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced he’d retire. Other than Schumer, most of each party’s leaders will remain in their posts.