PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Republican majority in the South Dakota Senate has re-elected Sen. Russell Olson of Wentworth as its leader for the next two years.
It will be Olson’s second term as Senate majority leader.
The Argus Leader reports that the 28-member Republican caucus also chose Sen. Tim Rave of Baltic as assistant majority leader. He replaces Sen. Corey Brown of Gettysburg, who was chosen to be president pro tempore.
The president pro tempore presides over the Senate when the lieutenant governor is absent. The full Senate will officially elect the new president pro tempore.
Republicans will hold a 28-7 edge over Democrats in the Senate when the legislative session opens in January.
House Republicans and Democrats in both chambers will pick their leaders later this week.
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