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The Republican conference of the United States Senate chooses a conference chairperson. The office was created in the mid-19th century with the founding of the Republican party. The office of "party floor leader" was not created until 1925, and for twenty years, the Senate's Republican conference chairman was also the floor leader.
In recent years, the conference chair has come to be regarded as the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, behind the floor leader and whip. According to Congressional Quarterly, "The conference chairman manages the private meetings to elect floor leaders, handles distribution of committee assignments and helps set legislative priorities. The modern version drives the conference’s message, with broadcast studios for television and radio." 
|-1862||John P. Hale||New Hampshire|
|1862-1884||Henry B. Anthony||Rhode Island|
|1897-1908||William B. Allison||Iowa|
|1913-1918||Jacob H. Gallinger||New Hampshire|
|1918-1924||Henry Cabot Lodge I||Massachusetts|
|1924-1929||Charles Curtis||Kansas||Also Republican floor leader from 1925|
|1929-1933||James E. Watson||Indiana||Also Republican floor leader|
|1933-1944||Charles L. McNary||Oregon||Also Republican floor leader|
|1945-1946||Arthur H. Vandenberg||Michigan|
|1947-1956||Eugene D. Millikin||Colorado|
|1967-1972||Margaret Chase Smith||Maine|
|1973-1974||Norris Cotton||New Hampshire|
|1975-1978||Carl T. Curtis||Nebraska|
|1981-1984||James A. McClure||Idaho|
|1985-1990||John Chafee||Rhode Island|
|1997-2001||Connie Mack III||Florida|
|2007||Jon L. Kyl||Arizona|
|2012-||John Thune||South Dakota|
|Party caucuses and conferences in the United States Congress|
|Senate Republican Conference||Senate||Senate Democratic Caucus|
|Conference Chair||Chairperson||Caucus Chair|
|Conference Vice-Chair/Secretary||Secretary||Caucus Secretary|
|Policy Committee Chair||Policy Committee||Policy Committee Chair|
|House Republican Conference||House of Representatives||House Democratic Caucus|
|Conference Chair||Presiding Officer||Caucus Chair|
|Vice-Chair||Vice Chair||Vice-Chair / Secretary|
|Policy Committee Chair||Policy Committee||Policy Committee Co-Chair|
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