U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement recently after he was reelected as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference:
“We’ll support our new president when he’s right and oppose him and come up with a better idea when he’s wrong. We know exactly what we need to do. We don’t need new principles. We don’t need to hire a PR firm. We have had a failure of imagination on the Republican side. We need to turn the principles we believe in into solutions that affect Americans on an everyday basis - solutions on electric prices, on health insurance, on helping balance the family budget, and on keeping spending under control. We know how to do that, we will do that, and we’re looking forward to it.”
The chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, the third ranking position in Senate Republican leadership, convenes meetings of GOP senators and leads efforts to communicate the Senate Republican message to the American people. He will oversee an operation that provides Republican senators a full range of communications services including graphics, radio, television, and Internet.
Alexander served as chairman last year, succeeding Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in January. Senator Kyl now assumes the Republican Whip role, the Senate GOP’s No. 2 position. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is the Republican Leader of the Senate.