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 RubioThe Memo: Trump's Scarborough tweets unsettle his allies House passes bill that would sanction Chinese officials over Xinjiang camps Rubio: Coronavirus conspiracy theories could be used in foreign election misinformation campaigns MORE (R-Fla.) and Sen.-elect Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungHillicon Valley: House FISA bill in jeopardy | Democrats drop controversial surveillance measure | GOP working on legislation to strip Twitter of federal liability protections GOP senators urge Trump not to restrict guest worker visas Lawmakers introduce bill to invest 0 billion in science, tech research 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 GardnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Cuomo rings the first opening bell since March The Democrats' out-party advantage in 2020 The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip MORE (R-Colo.) to take over the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC.).

Gardner is replacing Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill Senators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day Hillicon Valley: Facebook permanently shifting thousands of jobs to remote work | Congressional action on driverless cars hits speed bump during pandemic | Republicans grill TikTok over data privacy concerns 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 CornynGOP senators urge Trump not to restrict guest worker visas Castro, Warren, Harris to speak at Texas Democratic virtual convention Democratic unity starts to crack in coronavirus liability reform fight MORE (Texas) as Senate Republican whip,  Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneFrustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US death toll nears 100,000 as country grapples with reopening GOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill MORE (S.D.) as Senate Republican Conference chairman, Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoNo better time to modernize America's energy infrastructure EPA's Wheeler grilled by Democrats over environmental rollbacks amid COVID-19 The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Former Rep. Harman says Russia is trying to exploit America; Mylan's Heather Bresch says US should make strategic reserve in medicines; Trump unveils leaders of 'Warp Speed' MORE (Wyo.) as Senate Republican Policy Committee chairman, and Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntWashington prepares for a summer without interns GOP faces internal conflicts on fifth coronavirus bill Senators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day MORE (Mo.) as Senate Republican Conference vice chairman. 

- Updated at 11:34 a.m.