Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has been elected Republican Whip, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Wednesday to reporters in the Capitol.
"I'm honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to help lead our caucus during such a critical time for this country," he said. "Core Texas values like hard work, limited government, and individual liberty will continue to guide me in this new role. I look forward to working with the Conference to tackle the major hurdles before us, beginning with the looming fiscal cliff."
Cornyn cited as his "role model" outgoing Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ), who did not seek re-election.
Cornyn chaired the National Republican Senatorial Committee this cycle -- a position that will next be taken up by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS).
Sen. John Thune will remain Republican Conference Chairman.