Senator McConnell has been a trusted friend and advisor for four years, and I know Mitch's focus and perseverance will serve him well as Republican Leader. With Senators Lott, Kyl, Hutchison, Cornyn and Ensign on his leadership team, the Republican agenda and ideals will continue to move America forward.

I have treasured my time as Majority Leader and look forward to passing the job on to my friend Mitch.