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New minority leader chosen for state Senate

January 13, 2010 |  6:07 pm

State Sen. Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga was elected minority leader today by fellow Republican lawmakers. He will not take over from Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth of Murrieta until summer, after a new state budget is resolved.

Dutton’s election was meant to provide a smooth transition in the minority party leadership. Hollingsworth will leave the state Senate at the end of the year because he is prevented by term limits from seeking reelection.

“We want to have continuity,’’ Dutton said. “Dennis’ agenda is pretty much my agenda. I’ve always been focused on jobs and the economy.’’

A former Assemblyman, Dutton was elected to the Senate in 2004.

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento