One of Wyoming's U.S. Senators will hold a ranking position in Washington.

Republican U.S. Senator John Barrasso has been chosen to serve as Chairman of the Republican Conference, which is the number three leadership position for Senate Republicans, beginning next year.

The Conference Chairman manages the private meetings to elect floor leaders, handles distribution of committee assignments and helps set legislative priorities.

The chairman also drives the conference’s message, with broadcast studios for television and radio.

Barrasso says the leadership position will give Wyoming's congressional delegation even more opportunities to advance Wyoming’s interests on a national stage, such as quality jobs, affordable healthcare, lower energy costs and a safe and secure nation.

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