Senate Republicans choose leaders

This morning, the Senate Republican caucus met in Pierre and elected its leadership  team for the next two years.

Current Majority Leader Russell Olson, R-Wentworth, was reelected by his colleagues for another term leading the caucus; Olson said this election was not contested.

The new President Pro Tempore of the Senate is Sen. Corey Brown, R-Gettysburg. He replaces outgoing Sen. Bob Gray of Pierre, who was term-limited.

Sen. Tim Rave, R-Baltic and the chairman of the South Dakota Republican Party, was elected as the assistant majority leader.

There are three whips: Sens. Ryan Maher, R-Isabel, Larry Rhoden, R-Union Center, and Dan Lederman, R-Dakota Dunes.

Olson wouldn’t divulge any details about any of the other elections, saying they were internal caucus races and he wanted to be fair to any potential losers in leadership battles.

The Democratic caucuses in both houses will be meeting Friday night to choose their leaders. The House Republican caucus (aka Drama Central) will reportedly meet on Saturday.