U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) was elected today by his Senate Republican colleagues as the Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference after promising to help craft a message that would shore up the party’s base and appeal to independent voters.
“I thank my colleagues for giving me this opportunity and will work hard to make both the Senate and the Republican Conference as effective as possible,” said Alexander, after the secret ballot election. “I look forward to working with Senator McConnell and the entire Republican leadership team as we work to solidify our party’s base while attracting more independents.”
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 succeeds outgoing Conference Chairman Jon Kyl (R-AZ) who now assumes the Republican Whip role, the Senate GOP’s No. 2 position. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is the Republican Leader of the Senate.
Alexander was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002 and served as Deputy Whip from 2003 to 2006. Alexander first came to the Senate forty years ago, in January, 1967, as a legislative assistant to Senator Howard Baker (R-TN). A former two-term governor of Tennessee, Alexander also has served as president of the University of Tennessee and U.S. Secretary of Education. Attached is a detailed biography of Alexander’s career.