Updated to add Ted Cruz statement

Sen.-elect Ted Cruz will serve as the Vice Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. His selection was announced today; the same day his fellow Senator John Cornyn was elected Minority Whip.

As Vice Chair, Cruz will work to help get republicans elected to the Senate during the 2014 elections. He will serve alongside Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. Portman was widely considered to seek the chairman spot. He instead opted for a lesser role in the committee. Both will serve under Chairman Sen. Jerry Moran.

Cruz issued this statement, following today’s announcement.

"I’m honored by this selection," Cruz said. "Our country faces grave fiscal and economic challenges, and I’m very glad to have the opportunity to do everything I can to help retire Harry Reid as Majority Leader. It’s critical that Constitutional conservatives have a strong voice within the NRSC so that together we may build upon lessons learned from this election cycle and elect strong candidates who are committed to pro-growth economics and restraining the job-killing growth of the federal government."

Sen. John Cornyn, who served as the NRSC chairman this election cycle, issued this statement congratulating Cruz:

“A strong conservative and gifted campaigner, Ted has quickly proven himself to be among the next generation of leaders of the Republican party and I know our candidates will be in good hands under his leadership.”