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INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., will spend the next two years raising money and campaigning for Republican Senate candidates across the country.

On Wednesday, Young was elected chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee by the current Republican members of the U.S. Senate.

The post is considered a stepping stone to Senate leadership. Though Young faces the challenge of defending 21 GOP Senate seats on the 2020 ballot, compared to just 12 Democratic seats.

"I look forward to bringing Indiana's voice to the leadership table as we work to strengthen and protect our majority and continue building on the Republican-led accomplishments of the last two years," Young said.

Young is the first Hoosier to lead the NRSC since former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., headed the organization during the 1984 election cycle, which saw Republicans lose two Senate seats but maintain their majority.

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If Young is successful at keeping or growing the current Republican Senate majority, he'll likely have no shortage of grateful colleagues campaigning in Indiana on his behalf in 2022 when Young is expected to seek re-election to a second, six-year term.

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer said he's excited to see Young campaign alongside GOP Senate candidates.

"Watching his resounding victory in 2016 and his work helping us elect Mike Braun this year, Senator Young knows what it takes to win a tough race," Hupfer said.

"He'll take those skills with him as he helps Republicans win more big Senate races in 2020."

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