By Associated Press - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune has been re-elected to serve as the third-ranking Senate Republican.

Thune was chosen Wednesday to be the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, a post he first assumed in 2012.

The state’s senior senator says the GOP-led Congress will work with President-elect Donald Trump and Democrats on improving Americans’ economic security and protecting the country.

Thune was easily re-elected last week to a third term in the Senate. He narrowly defeated Democratic leader Tom Daschle in 2004 to take the seat and didn’t face an opponent in 2010.

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