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Former Senate Republican Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, will serve as one of six Assistant Majority Leaders next legislative session, after Republicans took control of the state Senate for the first time in 38 years.

Senjem, Michel plucked for Senate GOP leadership team

Sen. Dave Senjem

Sen. Dave Senjem

Former Senate Republican Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, will serve as one of six Assistant Majority Leaders next legislative session, after Republicans took control of the state Senate for the first time in 38 years.

Buffalo Sen. Amy Koch, the newly-minted Senate Republican Majority Leader, appointed Senjem and Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, as Assistant Majority Leaders on Monday, rounding out the caucus’ 2011 leadership picture.

“I am proud to continue my work as a leader within our new Majority Caucus,” Senjem said in a statement. “I have tremendous faith that Sen. Koch will lead us in the direction of job creation, lower taxes, and into times of greater prosperity.”

The Senate GOP caucus elected senators Chris Gerlach (Apple Valley), David Hann (Eden Prairie), Senator-elect Doug Magnus (Slayton), and Senator-elect Dave Thompson (Lakeville) as Assistant Majority Leaders on Friday. Michel was an Assistant Minority Leader last session alongside Senjem.

“I’ve had the privilege to serve with Senator Michel and Senator Senjem over the past three years in the minority and I’m thrilled that we will continue our work together as we transition into the majority,” Koch said in a statement. “Both individuals are fine public servants who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our young majority.”

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