U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has been elected Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The NRSC's goal is to elect Republicans to the United States Senate.
"I would like to express gratitude to my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the NRSC," Sen. Moran said in a statement. "The most important thing that determines the success of Republicans in 2014 is governing well today and representing the values and philosophies of our constituents. In this new role, I will work to recruit the most qualified and dynamic candidates and raise the resources necessary to make a difference in the next election."
The outgoing NRSC Chairman, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), now becomes the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.
Sen. Moran says he spoke with former Senator Bob Dole about the "challenges and opportunities" before seeking the post. "I am deeply committed to fulfilling my duties as a senator to promote the interests and values of Kansas. I look forward to working with Leader McConnell and others within our Conference to make certain we make the right decisions for Kansans and all Americans."
In the Senate, each party selects its own leadership. Sen. Moran is in his first term in the Senate.
Republicans need a net gain six seats in 2014 to become the majority. The GOP lost a net of two seats in the 2012 elections.
When the 113th Congress begins in January, there will be 45 Republican Senators, 53 Democratic Senators and 2 Independents who caucus with the Democrats.