National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman (NRSC) John Cornyn (Texas) has tapped Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchKoch groups: Don't renew expired tax breaks in government funding bill Hatch tweets link to 'invisible' glasses after getting spotted removing pair that wasn't there DHS giving ‘active defense’ cyber tools to private sector, secretary says MORE (Utah) to stay on as the NRSC's vice-chairman during the 2010 election cycle.

Hatch held the post under the NRSC's previous chairman, John Ensign (Nev.), and helped GOP candidates raise money even though the party ended up losing at least seven seats in November.

Cornyn explained the GOP's losses as simply "a tough year for Republicans," and that Hatch did "a great job."

"I look forward to working with him to elect more Republicans to the Senate to shape our nation