Thune seeks to move up in GOP leadershipWASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. John Thune is seeking to move ahead in Senate leadership.
By: Staff reports, The Daily Republic
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. John Thune is seeking to move ahead in Senate leadership.
“At this time I am announcing my intention to seek the support of my Senate Republican colleagues to serve them as the next chairman of the Senate Republican Conference,” Thune, R-S.D., said Tuesday.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced Monday he will resign as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.
That prompted Thune, the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, to make a bid for the position, considered the No. 3 spot in Senate Republican leadership.
“America is at a crossroads with record deficits and crippling debt, high unemployment, and growing economic uncertainty,” Thune said.
“Now more than ever it is crucial for Republicans to communicate a clear vision to the American people,” he said. “The chairman of the Senate Republican Conference sits in a unique position to support Senate Republicans as we help shape the national conversation and put this country on a new path toward prosperity.”
Alexander, 71, is a former Tennessee governor and U.S. secretary of education. He ran for president in 1996 and 2000.
Thune praised his GOP colleague.
“I am thankful for the time I have had to work beside Senator Alexander at the leadership table and I am grateful that he will remain here in the Senate for years to come,” he said.