POLITICO: Ernst joins GOP Senate leadership

Sens. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer were also re-elected to lead their respective parties.

Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa on Wednesday beat Nebraska’s Deb Fischer to win the Republican Senate Conference vice chairmanship, the only contested leadership race in a Senate that will return the bulk of the parties’ leaders.

Ernst’s win over Fischer marks the first time in eight years a woman is in the Senate GOP leadership. Senators said they were not provided with a vote total, and Fischer quickly moved on and told reporters she’s going to continue to be “very active” in the caucus’ work. Ernst, who is up for reelection in 2020 and is expected to face a credible Democratic challenge, said she will focus on sharing the GOP’s record of “prosperity” with her constituents while in Washington.

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