DemDaily: Our New Senate Leadership

November 17, 2016
While the president-elect and his transition team navigate the challenges of choosing cabinet members, the Senate Democrats are preparing their newly-elected leadership team to champion the battles ahead in the 115th Congress.
Led by new Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the full team includes:
The 115th Congress, Senate Democratic Leadership
Position
Role
Name
Senate Minority Leader
& Floor Leader
Chief Senate spokesperson for the Democratic Party, manages and schedules the legislative and executive business of the Senate
Chuck Schumer (NY)
Senate Democratic Whip
Responsible for tracking or "whipping" votes on major legislation. If the floor leader is not present, the whip may become acting floor leader
Dick Durbin (IL)
Assistant Minority Leader
A newly created position that split the previously joint Whip and Asst Leader position Patty Murray (WA)
Senate Democratic Conference Secretary Responsible for managing the policy agenda for the Senate Democratic Conference Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Chair, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee In charge of coordinating the floor and messaging strategies Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Vice Chair, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee In charge of coordinating the floor and messaging strategies Joe Manchin (WV)
Vice Chair, Senate Democratic Conference
Party's Caucus in charge of electing floor leaders, making committee assignments, and setting legislative agendas Mark Warner (VA)
Vice Chair, Senate Democratic Conference Party's Caucus in charge of electing floor leaders, making committee assignments, and setting legislative agendas Elizabeth Warren (MA)
Chair, Steering Committee
Responsible for fostering relations between Senate Democrats and community leaders and interest groups. Formerly Steering & Outreach, the position has been separated into two
Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Chair, Outreach A new position responsible for working on organizing grassroots activism around the country on behalf of progressive principles Bernie Sanders (VT)
Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Responsible for overseeing efforts to elect Democrats to the Senate TBD (election for Chair has not been schedule)
115th Congress Democratic Ranking Committee Chairs
Agriculture Debbie Stabenow (MI) Indian Affairs Tom Udall (NM)
Armed Services Jack Reed (RI) Judiciary Dianne Feinstein (CA)
Appropriations Patrick Leahy (VT) Rules Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Banking Sherrod Brown (OH) Small Business Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
Budget Bernie Sanders (VT) Veterans Affairs Jon Tester (MT)
Commerce Bill Nelson (FL) Aging Bob Casey (PA)
Energy Maria Cantwell (WA) Ethics Chris Coons (DE)
Environment & Public Works Tom Carper (DE) Intelligence Mark Warner (VA)
Finance Ron Wyden (OR) Joint Economic Martin Heinrich (NM)
Foreign Relations Ben Cardin (MD) Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Patty Murray (WA)
The House will be holding their leadership elections November 30th.
Congress convened for the Lame Duck Session November 14-17th, and will reconvene after Thanksgiving from November 29th until December 17th - when the 114th Congress will adjourn for the final time.
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