Thune Enters Race To Become Sen­ate GOP Leader

Thune Enters Race To Become Senate GOP Leader

The No. 2 Repub­li­can in the Sen­ate, Minor­i­ty Whip John Thune (R‑SD), revealed on Mon­day that he is inter­est­ed in replac­ing Sen. Mitch McConnell (R‑KY) as leader of the Sen­ate GOP.
Thune fol­lows Sen. John Cornyn (R‑TX) in stat­ing that he intends to com­pete for the posi­tion that McConnell has held for 16 years.
Dur­ing an inter­view with KELOLAND News, a local CBS affil­i­ate in South Dako­ta, Thune was asked whether he wants to be Sen­ate major­i­ty or minor­i­ty leader.
“I hope to be. And I’m going to do every­thing I can to con­vince my col­leagues. They’re the vot­ers. They’re the ones who will ulti­mate­ly make the deci­sion,” Thune said.

SD’s @SenJohnThune, cur­rent­ly the Repub­li­can Par­ty’s whip in the Sen­ate, says he is aim­ing for a high­er role in that cham­ber in the wake of McConnel­l’s planned depar­ture. Much more com­ing lat­er today on @keloland and on social media, but here’s part of today’s inter­view: pic.twitter.com/Sap33Ah1IT
— Dan San­tel­la (@KELODanS) March 4, 2024

Thune has served in the Sen­ate for near­ly two decades, win­ning his first …