U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas (File)
WASHINGTON (November 14, 2012)—Republicans Wednesday elected U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, minority whip.
He’s only the second Texan to rise to that position in the U.S. Senate.
“I view this responsibility as a way to give Texans a strong and distinctively clear voice in restoring common sense to Washington, D.C.,” Cornyn said in an e-mail Wednesday.
“In my opinion, we face a challenge as great as any generation, and an unmatched opportunity for Texas to shape the future of our country,” he said.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry called Cornyn’s election “a big win for Congress and ultimately for the American people.”
“Those of us who’ve known Sen. Cornyn throughout his career understand why his colleagues would choose him for this critical position. Over the years, Sen. Cornyn has established himself as a strong, conservative voice in Washington, but more importantly, as an example of honor and integrity in public service. Now he has the opportunity to bring his solid Texas values to the leadership table and work to lead our federal government away from its failed policies of debt, high spending and disregard for the Constitutional limit of federal power,” Perry said.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst echoed Perry’s sentiments.
“Senator Cornyn has been a consistent advocate for Republicans in Texas and in Washington, and I know he will continue to lead by principle. I congratulate him on this much-deserved recognition and honor,” he said.