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Newly elected Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem of Rochester says he sees little change in Minnesota Senate Republicans' approach to issues under his leadership. Fellow Republicans elected him leader Tuesday night. At left, Assistant Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, looks on. (Don Davis/Forum Communications Co.)

Minn. GOP senators choose Senjem as leader

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ROSEVILLE -- Minnesota Senate Republicans promised a fresh start Tuesday night, putting a scandal behind them and spending 11 hours picking Sen. Dave Senjem as their new leader.

The senators also elected a new slate of assistant leaders during their closed-door meeting.

"No more looking backward," the Rochester Republican said when he was introduced as the majority leader.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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