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The Senate Democratic caucus re-elected Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and added Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) to its leadership ranks, a Senate Democratic source tells Axios.

Why it matters: The re-election of the full Senate Democratic leadership team comes after a relatively disappointing general election in which the party failed to win outright control of the Senate, despite record amounts of fundraising. Democrats still have a chance to become the Senate majority if they win a pair of Georgia runoffs in January.

Full Democratic leadership:

  • Leader: Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)
  • Whip: Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.)
  • Assistant Leader: Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.)
  • Chair of Democratic Policy and Communications Committee: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)
  • Vice Chair of Conference: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.)
  • Vice Chair of Conference: Sen. Mark Warner (Va.)
  • Chair of Steering Committee: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.)
  • Chair of Outreach: Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.)
  • Vice Chair of DPCC: Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.)
  • Secretary: Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)
  • Vice Chair of DPCC: Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.)
  • Vice Chair of Outreach: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.)

The other side: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was unanimously re-elected by his GOP colleagues on Tuesday, Senate GOP leadership sources tells Axios. Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.) replaced Sen. Todd Young (Ind.) as chair of the Senate GOP's campaign arm.

Republican leadership:

  • Leader: Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.)
  • Whip: Sen. John Thune (S.D.)
  • Chair of Republican Conference: Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.)
  • Chair of Republican Policy Committee: Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.)
  • Vice Chair of Republican Conference: Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa)
  • Chair of Republican Senatorial Committee: Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.)

What to watch: Decisions on committee leaders and House leadership elections will be held at a later date.

Go deeper

Senate Mischief Makers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

In a closely divided Congress, the Senate’s Mischief Makers could thwart their leaders' best-laid plans with their own agendas.

Why it matters: On Wednesday night, we shared a list of House members who our leadership sources on the Hill consider some of the top troublemakers. But their Senate counterparts may be even more impactful in a 50-50 chamber, where Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tiebreaking vote.

The Mischief Makers

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership.

Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

Jan 29, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Scoop: Karin Housley weighing run for Minnesota governor

Karin Housley conceding her Senate race in 2018. Photo: Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Former U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley is the latest Republican to acknowledge she's considering a run against Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz next year.

What she's saying: "We're talking about it," Housley, a state senator from St. Mary's Point, confirmed to Axios. "We haven't completely ruled it out."