Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Sen.-elect Marco Rubio (Fla.) will nominate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) on Tuesday to lead the Republican Conference in the 112th Congress.
The meeting got under way in the Mansfield Room just after 9:30 a.m.; all Republican leadership positions for the 112th Congress will be cemented, according to a senior Republican Senate aide.
The entire GOP leadership team is expected to stand for another two years. Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Policy Committee Chairman John Thune (S.D.) and Conference Vice Chairman John Barrasso (Wyo.) are expected to retain their posts without opposition.
McConnellís nominating team is noteworthy: Rubio is viewed as one of the freshman rising stars, while McCain ó the 2008 presidential nominee ó has often clashed with McConnell on issues such as campaign finance reform.
Senate Democrats were meeting simultaneously to elect their leaders in the Old Senate Chamber.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.