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Post Politics Now Schumer reelected as Senate majority leader; Murray to ascend to president pro tem

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) joins other members of the Senate Democratic leadership team at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday. (Elizabeth Frantz/For The Washington Post)

Today, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) was formally reelected by his colleagues to continue leading the Democratic caucus, which will expand its ranks to 51 members when the new Congress convenes next month. The caucus also nominated Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to serve as Senate president pro tem, a position which is third in line for the presidency. Murray, who is replacing the retiring Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), will become the first woman to hold the post.

On the other side of the Capitol, the House passed and is sending to President Biden’s desk a bill protecting same-sex marriages, marking one of the last major legislative achievements during the tenure of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is stepping down from leadership next month when Republicans take control of the chamber. The bill would require that people be considered married in any state as long as the marriage was valid in the state where it was performed.

The 2022 Midterm Elections

Georgia runoff election: Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D) won re-election in the Georgia Senate runoff, defeating Republican challenger Herschel Walker and giving Democrats a 51st seat in the Senate for the 118th Congress. Get live updates here and runoff results by county.

Divided government: Republicans narrowly won back control of the House, while Democrats will keep control of the Senate, creating a split Congress.

What the results mean for 2024: A Republican Party red wave seems to be a ripple after Republicans fell short in the Senate and narrowly won control in the House. Donald Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign shortly after the midterms. Here are the top 10 2024 presidential candidates for the Republicans and Democrats.