Senator John Thune to remain as Minority Whip for 118th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.(Press Release)— U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) today released the following statement after he was unanimously reelected by the Senate Republican Conference to serve a third term as whip for the 118th Congress:

“I am humbled and honored that my colleagues in the Senate Republican Conference have once again elected me to serve as whip,” said Thune. “I congratulate the newest members of our leadership team, Senators Capito and Daines, and I look forward to working with our entire conference as we unite in our fight to advance Republican principles and deliver commonsense solutions for families, farmers, and businesses across the country, especially those throughout South Dakota. Let’s get to work.”

In addition to serving as the Republican whip, a position he’s held since 2019, Thune has previously served as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference (SRC), SRC vice chairman, and chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Thune currently serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee; the Committee on Finance; and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Senator Mitch McConnell won Republican leader on a 37-10 vote over Rick Scott.

Outside of McConnell, the GOP leadership team for the next Congress will be Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., as whip; Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., as conference chair; Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, as policy chair; Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., as conference vice chair; and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., as the National Republican Senatorial Committee chair.