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McConnell unanimously elected to lead U.S. Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. hosts a gathering of new GOP senators-elect in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 12, 2014. From left are: Sen.-elect Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Sen.-elect Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, McConnell, and Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. hosts a gathering of new GOP senators-elect in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 12, 2014. From left are: Sen.-elect Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Sen.-elect Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, McConnell, and Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito. AP

Republicans unanimously elected Mitch McConnell to lead the U.S. Senate on Thursday.

The Kentucky Senator’s rise to majority leader comes as no surprise after Republicans seized control of the Senate in midterm elections earlier this month.

McConnell had long aspired to the role, which will set him up as the GOP’s chief adversary to President Barack Obama for the next two years.

He will swap positions with Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, who is running unopposed to lead the Democratic caucus as Senate minority leader.

When he officially takes the reins in January, McConnell will become the second majority leader from Kentucky. Alben Barkley, a Democrat, was the first. He stepped down to become vice president under President Harry Truman.

Senate Republicans on Thursday also elected Texas Sen. John Cornyn as majority whip, John Barrasso of Wyoming as policy chair, and Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt as vice conference chair.

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