Indiana Senate Republicans choose a new leader

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Senate Republicans selected a new leader to replace outgoing President Pro Tem David Long.

Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville was chosen Monday during a closed-door meeting of the Senate GOP caucus.

Bray had been Senate floor leader, a position he was appointed to in December. His primary rival in the race was social conservative Sen. Travis Holdman, of Markle.

Republicans, who control the chamber with a supermajority, would not divulge what Bray’s wining vote tally was. Bray said he won by a “comfortable margin.”

Bray said he didn’t anticipate making “wholesale changes” to the Senate’s leadership structure. But he added that some “tweaks” will be made.

Sen. Mark Messmer of Jasper was selected as Bray’s second in command.

Long announced in February that he was retiring from the Legislature.

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