Texas Sen. John Cornyn makes bid for Senate Whip

United States Sen. John Cornyn will run for the No. 2 position in the Senate, officials in the senator's Washington, D.C. office confirmed Friday.

Current GOP Senate Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of 2012.

Cornyn will face Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in the bid for the Senate Whip position. Cornyn was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and is chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.