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Julianne Ortman, a three-term senator from Chanhassen, will serves as Senjem's number two as deputy majority leader. Bill Ingebrigtsen, a two-term senator from Alexandria, will take a remaining assistant majority leader slot.

Ortman, Ingebrigtsen named to Senate leadership team

Senate Taxes chair Julianne Ortman (Staff file photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

Republican Sens. Julianne Ortman and Bill Ingebrigtsen will join an all-new leadership team in the state Senate.

The Senate Republican caucus announced Tuesday that Majority Leader Dave Senjem had appointed the senators to fill two remaining leadership spots. Ortman, a three-term senator from Chanhassen, will serve as deputy majority leader. She currently chairs the powerful Senate Taxes Committee.

Ingebrigtsen, a two-term senator from Alexandria, will take a remaining assistant majority leader slot. He is chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

“Senators Ortman and Ingebrigtsen are both experienced and vital members of our Senate Republican team, and have my utmost confidence going into this short but important session,” Senjem said in a news release.

They will join an all-new cast of senators leading the caucus into 2012, including Finance Chair Claire Robling and freshman senators Ted Lillie, Paul Gazelka and Roger Chamberlain. Those members, including Senjem, were elected during a 11-hour marathon meeting at the Radisson hotel in Roseville last week.

The new leadership comes in the wake of former Majority Leader Amy Koch‘s sudden resignation after a confrontation over an inappropriate relationship with a Senate staffer. The leadership team that served under Koch has now been completely replaced, including Sen. Geoff Michel, who served as Koch’s deputy majority leader.

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