McConnell reelected Senate majority leader
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The Kentucky Republican on Wednesday was reelected the GOP leader "by acclimation by his colleagues with a standing ovation,” McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said.

Stewart said the decision was unanimous.

“It’s an honor to once again have been chosen by my colleagues to continue serving as their leader,” McConnell said. "We are eager to work with House Republicans and President-elect Trump to bring the national and economic security our nation is asking for.”

McConnell was nominated and seconded by Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Venezuela closes border with Brazil The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times MORE (R-Fla.) and Sen.-elect Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungIndiana gets first national park Ivanka Trump to meet with GOP senators to discuss paid family leave legislation Trade official warns senators of obstacles to quick China deal MORE (R-Ind.).

He was widely expected to keep the top GOP spot, with no senator publicly mulling a challenge.

Republicans also chose Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times MORE (R-Colo.) to take over the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC.).

Gardner is replacing Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerTrump signs executive order to boost AI technology Hillicon Valley: Feds looking into Bezos claims about National Enquirer | Amazon reconsidering New York City HQ2 move | Sprint sues AT&T over 5G marketing claims Senate to hold hearing on potential privacy bill MORE (R-Miss.) as NRSC chairman. He'll be working with a favorable 2018 map, with Republicans expected to play offense as Democrats defend seats in red states.

Aside from the NRSC switch, Senate Republicans left their leadership team intact for 2017.

They reelected Sen. John CornynJohn CornynInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Trump endorses Cornyn for reelection as O'Rourke mulls challenge O’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate MORE (Texas) as Senate Republican whip,  Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThunePolls: Hiking estate tax less popular than taxing mega wealth, income Will Trump sign the border deal? Here's what we know Key GOP senator pitches Trump: Funding deal a 'down payment' on wall MORE (S.D.) as Senate Republican Conference chairman, Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal Dems slam EPA plan for fighting drinking water contaminants MORE (Wyo.) as Senate Republican Policy Committee chairman, and Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean Blunt‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire GOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration The border deal: What made it in, what got left out MORE (Mo.) as Senate Republican Conference vice chairman. 

- Updated at 11:34 a.m.