Senate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation 

Senate Democrats on Tuesday morning reelected Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill Budowsky: Cruz goes to Cancun, AOC goes to Texas MORE (D-N.Y.) as Senate minority leader along with the rest of his leadership team, including Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinPartisan headwinds threaten Capitol riot commission Murkowski undecided on Tanden as nomination in limbo Democrats ask FBI for plans to address domestic extremism following Capitol attack MORE (D-Ill.), who will serve another term as Senate minority whip, and Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees Rand Paul criticized for questioning of transgender health nominee Biden health nominee faces first Senate test MORE (D-Wash.) as assistant Democratic leader.

The meeting was focused on the business of reelecting the Democratic leadership slate instead of discussing what went right and wrong for Senate Democrats on Election Day, when they fell short of winning back the majority. Democrats still have a chance to win two runoff races in Georgia on Jan. 5, which could make Schumer the Senate majority leader.

In addition to reelecting Schumer as Democratic leader, Durbin as whip and Murray as conference chair, the conference reelected Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCongress holds candlelight vigil for American lives lost to COVID-19 Two men charged with making threatening calls to Michigan officials On The Money: Democrats make historic push for aid, equity for Black farmers | Key players to watch in minimum wage fight MORE (D-Mich.) to serve as chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats demand Saudi accountability over Khashoggi killing US intel: Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi killing Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow MORE (D-Va.) as vice chairs of the Senate Democratic Conference.


The new additions to the leadership team are Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerObama says reparations 'justified' Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE (D-N.J.), who will serve as vice chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, and Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Mars rover prepares for landing The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats ready mammoth relief bill for 10-day sprint Senate Republicans target Democrats over school reopenings in new campaign MORE (D-Nev.), who will serve as vice chair of outreach, adding African American and Latina representation to the leadership team.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOpen-ended antitrust is an innovation killer FBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings MORE (D-Minn.) was reelected as chair of the Senate Democratic Steering Committee, Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinBiden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers Democrats want businesses to help get LGBT bill across finish line Democrats offer resolution denouncing white supremacists ahead of Trump trial MORE (D-Wis.) was reelected as secretary of the conference and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.) will serve another term as chair of outreach.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Democrats scramble to rescue minimum wage hike White House noncommittal on 'Plan B' push to add wage increase to relief bill MORE (D-W.Va.) will serve another term as vice chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

“There’s nobody who works harder than Chuck, there’s nobody who tries to listen to more people than Chuck,” Manchin said after the meeting, adding that there was no dissent expressed to Schumer leading the Democratic conference another two more years.

Schumer still has to make a decision on who to appoint as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and one option is newly elected Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), who previously chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the House.


Democratic senators described their first meeting back at the Capitol after the election as smooth, despite some disappointment at not winning more seats on Nov. 3.

“Nothing was really discussed,” said Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill What exactly are uber-woke educators teaching our kids? MORE (D-Calif.) after the meeting. “We’ll have more discussion later.”

She said the session “was kind of getting everybody together for the first time.”

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster New rule shakes up Senate Armed Services subcommittees MORE (D-Conn.) described the meeting as “good” and noted Booker and Cortez Masto joining the leadership team.