Arizona Senate Republicans met today to select a new presiding officer after the recall of Senate President Russell Pearce according to azcentral.com. Senator Steve Pierce, the majority whip, now takes the helm as Senate president. Senator Andy Biggs continues as majority leader and Senator Frank Antenori takes over as the new whip. The new leadership team was selected on the first ballot.
New Jersey Democrats selected leaders today as well. As anticipated, there are new majority leaders in both houses. Senator Loretta Weinberg was chosen by the Democratic caucus to replace Senator Barbara Buono as majority leader. Buono decided right before the caucus met today not to seek reelection to her post. Reports indicate she did not have the votes and chose to step aside. Senator Stephen Sweeney will continue as senate president and Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. will continue as minority leader.
In the Assembly, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald was chosen majority leader by the caucus to replace Joe Cryan. Greenwald has been budget committee chair since 2002 and had the strong backing of South Jersey Democrats. Speaker Sheila Oliver continues in her post as does Republican Leader Alex DeCroce.