In preparation for the upcoming 51st session of the Arizona State Legislature, the newly-elected and re-elected members of the Democratic caucuses gathered to choose the leaders of their caucuses.
In the Senate, Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor of Phoenix was selected as the Democratic leader and Sen. Linda Lopez of Tucson was selected as the assistant leader. The caucus chose Senator-elect (current state representative) Anna Tovar (Tolleson) as the Senate Democratic whip.
Landrum Taylor was the assistant leader during the 50th session of the lege.
“We are energized and ready to work on the priorities important to Arizonans – encouraging job growth, improving our underfunded schools, helping our veterans and returning the $50 million mortgage settlement to help struggling homeowners,” said Sen. Landrum Taylor. “By listening to the people of Arizona and working collaboratively with the majority we will find solutions that move Arizona forward.”
In the House, Rep. Chad Campbell of Phoenix was reelected as Democratic leader and Rep. Ruben Gallego of Phoenix became assistant leader. The caucus chose Rep. Bruce Wheeler (Tucson) as the House Democratic whip.
“There is a lot of work to be done this session,” Campbell said. “Arizonans can expect House Democrats to continue to push for more jobs, better educational opportunities and increased government accountability.”