Republican Conference Chairman of the United States Senate

The Republican conference of the United States Senate chooses a conference chairperson. The office was created in the mid-19th century with the founding of the Republican party. The office of "party floor leader" was not created until 1925, and for twenty years, the Senate's Republican conference chairman was also the floor leader.

In recent years, the conference chair has come to be regarded as the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, behind the floor leader and whip. According to Congressional Quarterly, "The conference chairman manages the private meetings to elect floor leaders, handles distribution of committee assignments and helps set legislative priorities. The modern version drives the conference's message, with broadcast studios for television and radio." [1]

List of Chairs

Dates Name State Notes
- December 1862 John P. Hale New Hampshire
December 1862 - September 2, 1884 Henry B. Anthony Rhode Island
September 2, 1884 - December 1885 John Sherman Ohio
December 1885 - November 1, 1891 George Edmunds Vermont
December 1891 - March 4, 1897 John Sherman Ohio
March 4, 1897 - August 4, 1908 William B. Allison Iowa
December 1908 - March 4, 1911 Eugene Hale Maine
April 1911 - March 4, 1913 Shelby Cullom Illinois
March 4, 1913 - August 17, 1918 Jacob H. Gallinger New Hampshire
August 17, 1918 - November 9, 1924 Henry Lodge Massachusetts
November 28, 1924 - March 4, 1929 Charles Curtis Kansas Also Republican floor leader from 1925
March 4, 1929 - March 4, 1933 James E. Watson Indiana Also Republican floor leader
March 4, 1933 - February 25, 1944 Charles L. McNary Oregon Also Republican floor leader
February 25, 1944 - January 3, 1947
Acting: February 25, 1944 - January 3, 1945
Arthur Vandenberg Michigan
January 3, 1947 - January 3, 1957 Eugene D. Millikin Colorado
January 3, 1957 - January 3, 1967 Leverett Saltonstall Massachusetts
January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1973 Margaret Chase Smith Maine
January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1975 Norris Cotton New Hampshire
January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1979 Carl T. Curtis Nebraska
January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1981 Bob Packwood Oregon
January 3, 1981 - January 3, 1985 James A. McClure Idaho
January 3, 1985 - January 3, 1991 John Chafee Rhode Island
January 3, 1991 - January 3, 1997 Thad Cochran Mississippi
January 3, 1997 - January 3, 2001 Connie Mack III Florida
January 3, 2001 - January 3, 2007 Rick Santorum Pennsylvania
January 3, 2007 - December 19, 2007 Jon Kyl Arizona
December 19, 2007 - January 26, 2012 Lamar Alexander Tennessee
January 26, 2012 - present John Thune South Dakota

See also

References


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