Senate Republicans reelect McConnell as majority leader

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Mitch McConnell is expected to play a big role in the new Republican majority (KTRK)

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has been reelected to serve as majority leader by Senate Republicans.

McConnell is expected to be a key legislative partner for the incoming Trump administration.

Senate Republicans have re-elected Kentucky's Mitch McConnell to be majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January and starts working on Donald Trump's agenda.

McConnell is widely popular among Republicans and his election was by acclimation on Wednesday. The 74-year-old is considered a clever tactician who mixes conservative leanings with a willingness to cut bipartisan deals when necessary.

McConnell was Senate minority leader for eight years before becoming majority leader when the GOP took control in 2015.

He enraged Democrats by refusing to let the Senate consider President Barack Obama's nomination of federal judge Merrick Garland to fill a Supreme Court vacancy last February. That paid dividends when Trump was elected president.

McConnell distanced himself from Trump during the campaign, but says he's ready to work with him.
Meantime, Senate Democrats have elected Chuck Schumer to be minority leader and counter to Donald J. Trump's agenda.

Democrats will face an uphill battle after voters gave Republicans control of both House and Senate.

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