John Cornyn announces run to lead Senate Republicans

February 29, 2024

Texas Sen. John Cornyn announced Thursday that he is running to become the next GOP leader in the Senate, making him the first to officially throw his hat into the ring to succeed Mitch McConnell.

“I am asking my Republican colleagues to give me the opportunity to succeed Leader McConnell,” he said. “I believe the Senate is broken — that is not news to anyone. The good news is that it can be fixed, and I intend to play a major role in fixing it. … I am ready to get to work and look forward to continuing to engage with my colleagues.”

McConnell, of Kentucky, on Wednesday announced that he will not seek re-election for the leadership role, which he’s held since 2007. Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and John Barrasso of Wyoming are also expected to run for the top spot.

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