Chattanooga Times Free Press: Alexander re-elected to Senate GOP post

Posted on November 17, 2010

U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday re-elected Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., to their No. 3 leadership post for the 112th Congress that begins in January.

Alexander will continue as Senate Republican Conference chairman. Republicans also re-elected Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as minority leader, the top GOP post, and Sen. Jon Kyle, R-Ariz., to the No. 2 slot, GOP whip.

The Republican Conference seeks to advance Republicans' activities and views before the public.

In comments later, Republican leaders celebrated gains in Nov. 2 elections that boosted that membership by six senators. Democrats still control the Senate with 53 votes to the GOP's 47.

"Our goal as a country should be to make sure the next generation is a period of American exceptionalism or American greatness, as our new senator, Marco Rubio talks about," Alexander told reporters. "And to do that, we believe we know exactly what to do because we heard it from the American people."

He said those include making it "easier and cheaper to create private sector jobs" and controlling spending.