Chuck Schumer elected new minority leader by Senate Democrats

Washington Senator Patty Murray will take over Schumer's empty spot as assistant Democratic leader.

In a statement that noted he was "humbled and honored" by the position, and pointing out the diversity of the Democratic Senate class, Schumer said the party was ready to work with Trump but also "go toe-to-toe against the president-elect whenever our values or the progress we've made is under assault".

"We heard the American people loud and clear", Schumer said after his leadership election at the Capitol.

Other notable members of the conference's leadership team includes U.S. Sen.

One key party post remains unfilled: chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, who will have the job of electing Senate Democrats in 2018.

Republican senators will hold a private meeting on Wednesday to elect their leadership team for the coming year.

Schumer has said he'll seek opportunities to work with Trump but will face pressure from disappointed Democratic activists to adopt a hard line.

Still, some liberals are concerned about Schumer's rise to Democratic leader. New York's Senior Senator is set to fill the shoes of outgoing Nevada Senator Harry Reid.

Republicans will control the White House, House and Senate but their potential Achilles' heel is the Senate, which they will dominate 52-48.

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This was thought to be Democrats' year because Republicans had to defend 24 seats while Democrats had only 10 incumbent seats on the ballot.

Democratic U.S. senators elected Chuck Schumer of NY as minority leader on Wednesday, and he tapped former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders to help Democrats woo blue-collar workers, many of whom voted for President-elect Donald Trump.

McConnell is widely popular among his GOP colleagues and his selection was never in doubt.

The majority and minority leaders of Senate will serve at least two years under Donald Trump's upcoming presidency, barring unforeseen circumstances.

McConnell also won another gambit: he refused to hold hearings on President Barack Obama's nomination of Garland Merrick to the Supreme Court, breaking with precedent and saying the American people should have their say through the presidential election. "Schumer has generally shown an independent streak not easily influenced by such contributions, but he is now in a situation of directly negotiating one-on-one with President-elect Trump and the Trump family". McConnell distanced himself from Trump during the campaign, at times flatly refusing to discuss the race with reporters.

Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will be Senate Majority Leader, while Sen. Their selections of Sen.

The New York Democrat has worked with Cornyn, the Republican whip, to draft bipartisan legislation that would revamp federal criminal sentencing and overhaul patent law.

The lack of drama as senators chose their leaders was the opposite of the House, where both parties' leadership elections have been more theatrical.

In the House, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is on track to keep his job after Republicans endorsed him Wednesday by voice vote.

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