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The Assistant Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate (commonly called Senate Majority and Minority Whips) are the second-ranking members of their parties in the United States Senate.

The main function of the Majority and Minority Whips is to gather votes on major issues. Because he or she is the second ranking member of the Senate, if there is no floor leader present, the whip may become acting floor leader.

Before 1969, the official titles were Majority Whip and Minority Whip.

The current Assistant Majority Leader is Democrat Richard Durbin of Illinoismarker.

The current Assistant Minority Leader is Republican Jon Kyl of Arizonamarker.

List of assistant leaders

Congress(es) Dates Democratic Whip Majority Republican Whip

63rd 1913 – 1915 J. Hamilton Lewis ← D Maj None

64th 1915 James Wadsworth, Jr.

64th65th 1915 – 1919 Charles Curtis

66th68th 1919 – 1924 Peter Gerry R Maj →

68th70th 1924 – 1929 Wesley Jones

71st72nd 1929 – 1933 Morris Sheppard Simeon Fess

73rd 1933 – 1935 J. Hamilton Lewis ← D Maj Felix Hebert

74th75th 1935 – 1939 None

76th 1939 – 1941 Sherman Minton

77th78th 1941 – 1944 Lister Hill

78th79th 1944 – 1947 Kenneth Wherry

80th 1947 – 1949 Scott Lucas R Maj →

81st 1949 – 1951 Francis Myers ← D Maj Leverett Saltonstall

82nd 1951 – 1953 Lyndon Johnson

83rd 1953 – 1955 Earle Clements R Maj →

84th 1955 – 1957 ← D Maj

85th 1957 – 1959 Mike Mansfield Everett Dirksen

86th 1959 – 1961 Thomas Kuchel

87th88th 1961 – 1965 Hubert Humphrey

89th90th 1965 – 1969 Russell Long

91st 1969 Hugh Scott

91st 1969 – 1971 Ted Kennedy Robert Griffin

92nd94th 1971 – 1977 Robert Byrd

95th96th 1977 – 1981 Alan Cranston Ted Stevens

97th98th 1981 – 1985 R Maj →

99th 1985 – 1987 Alan Simpson

100th101st 1987 – 1991 ← D Maj

102nd103rd 1991 – 1995 Wendell Ford

104th 1995 – June 12, 1996 R Maj → Trent Lott

June 12, 1996 – 1997 Don Nickles

105th 1997 – 1999

106th 1999 – 2001 Harry Reid

107th January 3, 2001 –
January 20, 2001
← D Maj
January 20, 2001 –
June 6, 2001
R Maj →
June 6, 2001 –
January 3, 2003
← D Maj

108th 2003 – 2005 R Maj → Mitch McConnell

109th 2005 – 2007 Richard Durbin

110th January 4, 2007 –
December 18, 2007
← D Maj Trent Lott
December 19, 2007 –
January 3, 2009
Jon Kyl

111th January 3, 2009 – present
Congress(es) Dates Democratic Whip Majority Republican Whip


Notes

  1. No Republican whips were appointed from 1935 to 1944 since only 17 Republicans were in the Senate following the landslide reelection of President Franklin Roosevelt in 1936. Accordingly, the minutes of the Republican Conference for the period state: "On motion of Senator Hastings, duly seconded and carried, it was agreed that no Assistant Leader or Whip be elected but that the chairman be authorized to appoint Senators from time to time to assist him in taking charge of the interests of the minority." A note attached to the conference minutes added: "The chairman of the conference, Senator McNary, apparently appointed Senator Austin of Vermont as assistant leader in 1943 and 1944, until the conference adopted Rules of Organization." Source: Party Whips, via Senate.gov



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