Senate Democrats and Republicans re-elected their respective leadership teams for the 112th Congress, with Harry Reid (D-NV) to continue to serve as Majority Leader in the Senate and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as Minority Leader for the Republicans. With Republican gains of six seats, Democrats will likely end up with a one-seat majority on most Senate committee rosters. The chairmen of key Senate committees are as follows:

  • Appropriations: Daniel Inouye (HI)  
  • Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs: Tim Johnson (SD)  
  • Budget: Kent Conrad (ND)  
  • Energy and Natural Resources: Jeff Bingaman (NM)  
  • Finance: Max Baucus (MT)  
  • Indian Affairs: Daniel Akaka (HI)