Party leadership of the United States Senate

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The party leadership of the United States Senate refers to the officials elected by the Senate Democratic Caucus and the Senate Republican Conference to manage the affairs of each party in the See. Each party is led by a floor leader who directs the legislative agenda of his caucus in the Senate, and who is augmented by an Assistant Leader or Whip, and several other officials who work together to manage the floor schedule of legislation, enforce party discipline; oversee efforts to elect new Senators, and maintain party unity.[citation needed]

The titular, non-partisan leaders of the Senate itself are the Vice President of the United States, who serves as President of the Senate, and the President pro tempore, the seniormost member of the majority, who theoretically presides in the absence of the Vice President.[citation needed]

Unlike committee chairmanships, leadership positions are not traditionally conferred on the basis of seniority, but are elected in closed-door caucuses.[citation needed]

Republican leadership[edit]

Since January 3, 2015, the Republican Party has constituted a majority in the United States Senate.

Position Name State Notes[1][2]
Floor Leader Mitch McConnell Kentucky The Senate Majority Leader, who serves as leader of the Senate Republican Conference and manages the legislative business of the Senate
Assistant Floor Leader John Cornyn Texas The Senate Majority Whip, who manages votes and communicates with individual senators and ensures passage of bills relevant to the agenda and policy goals of the Senate Republican Conference
Republican Conference Chair John Thune South Dakota
Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso Wyoming
Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Cory Gardner Colorado Responsible for overseeing efforts to elect Republicans to the Senate
Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference Roy Blunt Missouri
President pro tempore Orrin Hatch Utah The longest-serving Republican senator, not formally part of Republican leadership
President of the Senate Mike Pence (Indiana) Not a Senator; see Vice President of the United States

Democratic leadership in the United States Senate[edit]

Since January 3, 2015, the Democratic Party has constituted a minority in the United States Senate.

Position Name State Notes[3][2]
Floor Leader Chuck Schumer New York Senate Minority Leader
Floor Whip Dick Durbin Illinois Position traditionally the same as Assistant Floor Leader, but split into two so that Patty Murray can become Assistant Floor Leader
Assistant Floor Leader Patty Murray Washington (state) Senate Minority Whip
Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus Mark Warner

Elizabeth Warren



Position created for Schumer after successful tenure as DSCC chairman
Senate Democratic Conference Secretary Tammy Baldwin Wisconsin Responsible for managing the policy agenda for the Senate Democratic Conference
Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chris Van Hollen Maryland Responsible for overseeing efforts to elect Democrats to the Senate
Chair Senate Democratic Policy Committee Debbie Stabenow Michigan
Vice Chair of the Democratic Policy Committee Joe Manchin West Virginia Responsible for Senate Democrats' messaging and political strategy efforts
Chairman of the Steering Committee Amy Klobuchar Minnesota Responsible for fostering relations between Senate Democrats and community leaders and interest groups
Chairman of Committee Outreach Bernie Sanders Vermont Responsible for relations between Senate committees and the Senate Democratic Conference
Chief Deputy Whip Jeff Merkley Oregon Assists the Whip in managing Democratic votes and communicating leadership strategy with Senate Democrats


  1. ^ Republican.Senate.Gov. Republican.Senate.Gov (2012-09-04). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Senate: Senators Home > Senate Organization. (2013-05-31). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  3. ^ Leadership | Senate Democrats. (2013-01-18). Retrieved on 2013-08-16.