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Chuck Schumer Officially Succeeds Harry Reid as Senate Minority Leader

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) won Wednesday morning's Senate Democratic leadership vote ahead of the next Congress convening in January. (Reuters photo)

Wednesday morning, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) officially succeeded retiring Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as Senate Minority Leader in a leadership election that was devoid of the infighting House Democrats are currently suffering.

Part of the reason for the lack of infighting was a brokered arrangement whereby Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) was named an assistant minority leader, avoiding a fight over the job of Minority Whip, which has been retained by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Schumer also expanded his leadership team to 10 to make room for liberal-progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.).

In the new hierarchy, Schumer is followed by Durbin, Murray and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).

Meanwhile, in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) formally announced her intention to run for re-election as the Democratic leader. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) has been long-rumored to have considered challenging her, but hasn't formally declared.

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