Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.) has picked up three more Member endorsements in his bid for Republican Conference vice chairman, aides confirmed this afternoon.
Supporting Johnson over Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.) in Tuesday’s scheduled vote will be Budget ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.); Banking ranking member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.). Johnson now has 14 backers who have gone public with their support. The winner will need the support of at least 24 of 47 GOP Senators.
Coats will be one of two Senators to deliver a nominating speech for Johnson when the Republican Conference gathers on Capitol Hill for leadership elections during its weekly Conference lunch. The vote is conducted by secret ballot.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.