Alexander Statement on Reelection as Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference

Posted on November 18, 2008

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) issued the following statement today after his reelection 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 after 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. 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-two 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. ###