Thune now 3rd ranking Republican Senator, Barrasso now 3rd

Senate Republicans are electing their leaders for next year and South Dakota Senator John Thune keeps moving up the chart.

Thune was elected as majority whip, replacing Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who is being forced out by term limits.

Thune is now the highest ranking Republican Senator in South Dakota history.
This role puts him just behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Wyoming Senator John Barasso will take over Thune's old post, making him number three among all Republican Senators.
Both Thune and Barrasso say the roles should be a big boost for their home states.

Sen. Thune says, "With respect to South Dakota, it's an opportunity to elevate the South Dakota agenda to national agenda. I look at it as a chance for me to be an advocate, to be a voice at the table on the issues that are important to our state."

Sen Barrasso says, "I think it means more for Wyoming. I can continue to bring forth Wyoming's agenda, the issues that affect our jobs, our economy, things that people care about in Wyoming. but it's also an opportunity to continue to serve in the Senate with the other members of the Senate. I'm very privileged that they now elected me to be the number three leadership in the Republican Party in the Senate, which is the majority party."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was elected to serve another term as the Senate Majority Leader.