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Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leader-elect Chuck Schumer today announced the Senate Democratic Leadership for the 116th Congress following Senate Democratic leadership elections.

The Senate Democratic Leadership for the 116th Congress:

  • Senate Democratic Leader and Chair of the Conference: Senator Charles Schumer
  • Democratic Whip: Senator Dick Durbin
  • Assistant Democratic Leader: Senator Patty Murray
  • Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee: Senator Debbie Stabenow
  • Vice Chair of the Conference: Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Vice Chair of the Conference: Senator Mark Warner
  • Chair of Steering Committee: Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Chair of Outreach: Senator Bernie Sanders
  • Vice Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee: Senator Joe Manchin
  • Senate Democratic Conference Secretary: Senator Tammy Baldwin


“I’m honored to continue as a part of the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership team in the 116th Congress,” said Vice Chair of the Conference Mark Warner (D-VA). “Senate Democrats look forward to working with our colleagues – including the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives – to expand economic opportunity, protect access to health care, and hold the Trump Administration accountable on behalf of the American people.” 

“I am excited and humbled to be chosen by my colleagues to continue leading Senate Democrats,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “I will continue to spend every moment working on how we as Democrats can improve life for the middle class and those trying to get there. We have a unique opportunity in the new Congress to reach more bipartisan agreements to get things done for families across the country, and we will be ready to work with the president and our Republican colleagues on issues where we agree. However, we will not shy away from standing up to President Trump and Congressional Republicans with everything we’ve got when the values we as Americans hold dear are threatened.”

“I am honored that the Senate Democratic Caucus has again supported me to serve as Whip.  Our party is more diverse than ever, our Congress is divided, and the challenges we face are great.  But we can, and must, come together to meet those challenges,” said Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL). 

“Voters across the country sent a loud and clear message that they are done with full Republican control of government and are ready for a change,” said Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray (D-WA). “I am proud of the work we’ve done to fight back against Republican attempts to repeal health care reform and to lay out a positive agenda for patients, students, workers, women, seniors, and the middle class. And now I look forward to getting to work with Leader Schumer and the rest of our strong leadership team, our Senate caucus and the new House Democratic majority, which includes so many amazing new faces—and any Republicans willing to work with us to fight back against President Trump’s disastrous agenda and make progress for the families we represent.” 

“Senate Democrats are unified and ready to hit the ground running on important issues for Michigan and our nation like lowering the cost of prescription drugs and making a major investment in our infrastructure,” said Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). “I am looking forward to continuing to serve in Senate leadership and am excited to welcome our new colleagues, Kyrsten Sinema and Jacky Rosen, to the Senate.” 

“On November 6th, Americans went to the polls and put power back in the hands of the people, where it belongs. Voters sent a powerful message; they want their leaders to defend democracy and fight for the rights and interests of all Americans, rather than just for the wealthy and the well-connected. I’m proud to be part of this fight with my Democratic colleagues” said Vice Chair of the Conference Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

“The people of this country have sent a clear message that now is the time to get to work on the issues that matter to Americans, like ensuring that people with pre-existing conditions don’t lose their health insurance, addressing the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, and making sure that we have an optimistic economic agenda that supports families, workers and businesses. I look forward to working with my colleagues to move our country forward,” said Chair of Steering Committee Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

Chair of Outreach Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said, “As chair of outreach I have worked hard to bring the American people into the political process. Now, we must ensure that Congress follows through on what they demanded on November 6: an economy and government that works for all, not just the 1 percent. I look forward to continuing that struggle with my Democratic colleagues.”

“The last few months have been full of charged language and divisive politics. But the American people have spoken and it is time to put politics aside to do the important governing ahead of us. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to finally secure the hard-earned pensions of our retired coal miners and ensure the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions still have access to healthcare,” said Vice Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Senate Democratic Conference Secretary Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said, “I’m proud to have an opportunity to be a part of our leadership team as Senate Democrats continue working to make a difference in people’s lives and move our country forward.”