Republicans and Democrats break with party leaders to eye younger senators for top jobs

Republican and Democratic senators are hoping younger members will start moving into key leadership roles next year, including in the No. 3 slots as conference chairs.

The race for Republican conference chair is already looking younger after two Generation X senators entered the race for the coveted position. Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) have both announced plans to seek the job. 

Ernst, who is the fourth-ranked Republican in the Senate, is only 53, while Cotton, who is well known in the party, is 46. The race is expected to be close.

“There’s so many things that go on policy-wise that are relevant to a new generation,” Ernst told Politico. “I’m that bridge between the up-and-coming leadership era and the newer class, as well as a
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