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Sessions To Stay At NRCC


Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, says he wants to remain as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.(Liz Lynch)

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) announced Monday that he will run for another term as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, putting to rest speculation that he would seek the post of House Minority Whip in the next Congress.

"I look forward to leading our new Majority through the challenges of re-electing over 80 freshman Republican Members, navigating congressional re-districting, and maximizing a presidential election cycle," Sessions said in a statement.

The announcement signifies that the Republican leadership in the next Congress will be almost identical to this Congress, with the leadership moving from minority to majority roles.

Sessions was rumored to be eyeing a run for Minority Whip. With this announcement, it looks like Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who was Chief Minority Deputy Whip in the last Congress, has a lock on the job.

Sessions has the blessing of House Speaker-to-be John Boehner. In a statement, Boehner said the GOP needs Sessions' "steady hand" at the NRCC.

"As the architect for the new Republican majority, Pete Sessions has my admiration and gratitude," Boehner said. "I look forward to his strong leadership in the years ahead."

The only other difference among the GOP leadership is for GOP conference chair. Rep. Michael Pence (R-Ind.) has vacated that role to pursue other political offices. Reps. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) are facing off for that position.

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