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 RubioSenate Dems petition Saudi king to release dissidents, US citizen Dem senator wants Trump to extend immigration protections to Venezuelans Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump MORE (R-Fla.) and Sen.-elect Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen GOP senators introduce bill to rein in president's emergency powers 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 GardnerOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R-Colo.) to take over the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC.).

Gardner is replacing Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerJuan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget 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 rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left Cornyn shrugs off Trump criticism of 'SNL' MORE (Texas) as Senate Republican whip,  Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law GOP's Tillis comes under pressure for taking on Trump We need a national privacy law that respects the First Amendment MORE (S.D.) as Senate Republican Conference chairman, Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThis week: Trump set for Senate setback on emergency declaration We should end tax giveaways to electric vehicle owners Overnight Energy: McConnell plans Green New Deal vote before August recess | EPA official grilled over enforcement numbers | Green group challenges Trump over Utah pipelines MORE (Wyo.) as Senate Republican Policy Committee chairman, and Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms GOP senator disinvited to Republican event over vote against Trump's emergency declaration Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (Mo.) as Senate Republican Conference vice chairman. 

- Updated at 11:34 a.m.