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113th Congress Leaders

List of Top Positions in the House and Senate

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There were many familiar faces in the list of leaders of the 113th Congress. They included U.S. Reps. John Boehner an Eric Cantor as well as U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell.

The political makeup of Congress beginning in 2013 was such that Democrats controlled the U.S. Senate and Republicans controlled the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here's a list of leaders in the 113th Congress:

Senate President Pro Tempore

Head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont served as the Senate president pro tempore in the 113th Congress.

The role of the Senate president pro tempore is to preside over the upper chamber of Congress in the absence of the vice president. The Senate president pro tempore is the third in the line of presidential succession after the vice president and the speaker of the House.

Senate Majority Leader

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada served as Senate majority leader in the 113th Congress.

The Senate majority leader is elected be members of his party to represent them on the floor. The majority leader also serves as a spokesman for their party's position and for the Senate as a whole. One of the primary roles of the majority leader is to manage the Senate schedule.

Senate Republican Leader

Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
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Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky served as the Senate Republican leader in the 113th Congress.

Like the Senate majority leader, the minority leader is elected be members of his party to represent them on the floor. The minority leader also serves as a spokesman for their party's position.

Other Senate Leadership Positions

The other key Senate leaders in the 113th Congress were:

  • Majority Whip: Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois
  • Minority Whip: Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas
  • Democratic Conference Committee Chairman: Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada
  • Republican Conference Committee Chairman: Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota
  • Democratic Conference Committee Vice Chair & Policy Committee Chair: Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York
  • Republican Policy Committee Chair: Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming
  • Democratic Conference Secretary: Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington
  • Republican Conference Vice Chair: Republican U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri

Speaker of the House

Republican U.S. Rep. John Boehner
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Republican U.S. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio served as speaker of the House in the 113th Congress. It was Boehner's second consecutive term as speaker.

The speaker of the House is elected by members of the entire legislative body. His primary roles are to preside over floor activity and serve as the top administrator of the House. The speaker as serves as the de facto head of his party in the lower chamber of Congress and is the second in line to succeed the president of the United State after the vice president.

Majority Leader

Republican U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia
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Republican U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia served as House majority leader in the 113th Congress. It was his second consecutive term as House majority leader.

Democratic Leader

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California served as the House Democratic leader in the 113th Congress. She was responsible for representing her party in the House. Pelosi formerly served as House speaker, the first woman in history to hold that title.

Other House Leadership Positions

The other key House leaders in the 113th Congress were:

  • Majority Whip: Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California
  • Democratic Whip: Democratic U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland
  • Republican Conference Chairman: Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington
  • Assistant Democratic Leader: Democratic U.S. Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina
  • Republican Policy Committee Chairman: Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma
  • Democratic Caucus Chairman: Democratic U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra of California

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