Sen. John Barrasso has been waiting seven years for this.
Appointed to the Senate in June 2007, the Wyoming Republican has never served in the majority. That will change in a few weeks, when the GOP assumes command of the Senate for the first time in eight years. Like most Republicans and every GOP leader in Congress, Barrasso vows that his party will use this new opportunity to prove to the American people that it can govern responsibly and make their lives better.
But for the orthopedic surgeon who was known as “Wyoming’s doctor” before being elected to the state Senate in 2002, the prize in winning control of the U.S. Senate lies in the opportunity to reform a national healthcare system that has been remade over the past few years by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. As chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, No. 4 in the chamber’s leadership hierarchy, Barrasso could be in a position to exert some influence.