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The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is the Republican Hill committee for the United States Senate, working to elect Republicans to that body. The NRSC was founded in 1916 as the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. It was reorganized in 1948, and renamed the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
The NRSC helps elect Republican incumbents and challengers primarily through fundraising. Other services include promotion using media and communications, as well as research and strategy planning. The NRSC generally avoids supporting Republicans in primaries against other party members, though the 2006 Rhode Island Senate primary between Lincoln Chafee and mayor of Cranston Steve Laffey is a notable exception.
The NRSC sends out mass mailings to addresses in states where Republican senators are likely to be voted out. Mailings in October 2008 included one to Minnesota residents with the appearance of a comic book, but containing material unsuitable for children. Incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman condemned the action.
Senate Republicans elected new leadership positions after the 2006 midterm elections on November 7, 2006. For a time it was unclear who would take over as chair of the NRSC. Sen. John Thune, who defeated Sen. Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) in the 2004 cycle, was considered the best pick, but he ruled himself out early in 2006. After receiving the blessing from his family and consulting with other Republicans in the Senate, Sen. John Ensign of Nevada announced on September 26, 2006 that he would seek the chairmanship. He was formally elected November 15, 2006. On November 18, 2008, Texas U.S Senator John Cornyn was elected chairman.
List of Chairmen
Name State Term of Service Styles Bridges NH 1949-1951 Ralph Owen Brewster ME 1951-1953 Everett M. Dirksen IL 1953-1955 Barry M. Goldwater AZ 1955-1957 Everett M. Dirksen IL 1957-1959 Andrew F. Schoeppel KS 1959-1961 Barry M. Goldwater AZ 1961-1963 Thruston B. Morton KY 1963-1967 George Murphy CA 1967-1969 John Tower TX 1969-1971 Peter H. Dominick CO 1971-1973 William E. Brock III TN 1973-1975 Theodore F. Stevens AK 1975-1977 Robert Packwood OR 1977-1979 H. John Heinz III PA 1979-1981 Robert Packwood OR 1981-1983 Richard G. Lugar IN 1983-1985 H. John Heinz III PA 1985-1987 Rudy Boschwitz MN 1987-1989 Donald Nickles OK 1989-1991 Phil Gramm TX 1991-1995 Alfonse D'Amato NY 1995-1997 Mitch McConnell KY 1997-2001 William H. Frist TN 2001-2003 George F. Allen VA 2003-2005 Elizabeth H. Dole NC 2005-2007 John E. Ensign NV 2007-2009 John Cornyn TX 2009 - Present
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