Sessions will seek second term at NRCC

Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas) will look to head House Republicans' campaign efforts again in 2012.

Sessions will opt against challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for the third-ranking job of majority whip in the new Republican majority, according to an official with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

The Texas Republican will instead look to protect and add to the 60-seat pickup the party scored in last week's election by seeking a second term as chairman of the NRCC.

"Despite record victories as NRCC chairman, my vision and work is not done. I strongly believe in selling the fight, and I will be asking my colleagues to support me as NRCC chairman next Congress to strengthen our gains and advance an agenda for American prosperity," Sessions said in a statement.

The move by Sessions eliminates a possible showdown for the No. 3 position in the House Republican leadership, and gives him a chance to pick up more good will from GOP colleagues.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) stayed for a second term as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in 2010 after earning seats in 2008, but has said he won't return for a third term in 2012. It's unclear who Sessions's Democratic counterpart will be.

Sessions appears to have the backing of Speaker-to-be John Boehner (R-Ohio), too.

"Our Republican Conference needs Pete Sessions’s steady hand of leadership next Congress, and I am very pleased that he has decided to seek another term as NRCC chairman," Boehner said in a statement. "As the architect for the new Republican majority, Pete Sessions has my admiration and gratitude, and I look forward to his strong leadership in the years ahead.”

Updated 9:16 a.m.

More in Energy & Environment

Michigan governor seeks $195M more for Flint

Read more »