Thune announces run for Senate Minority Leader

(Sioux Falls, SD) — South Dakota Senator John Thune is running for the Republican Minority Leader.

Thune, who serves as the GOP’s Whip, announced the news Monday with Keloland News in Sioux Falls, saying he wants to take over for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who announced he’s planning to step aside at the end of the year.

Thune is the second to officially announce a bid for the leadership position. Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn announced his bid last week.

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso is also mulling a run.