And how will the elections shape up for Leadership?
There’s probably not a lot of things drastically altered from the results of this weeks’ primary moving into the next legislative session, but we will see some changes in the leadership structure from comings and goings, especially in the State Senate, with the term limiting of Corey Brown as Senate Majority Leader.
Brown’s departure will leave a big hole in the Senate GOP Caucus, as it’s up in the air over who can take over the political role he assumed during session, and behind the scenes for the caucus, during times of campaigns. Jim White was tapped as his assistant, but this is not going to be the Senate GOP Caucus of 2015-2016.
The Senate was inevitably going to be a much more conservative place, and now it will be even moreso with the election of a few primary contenders who weren’t guaranteed to be there, such as Lance Russell, Stace Nelson, Phil Jensen and Ryan Maher. We’re also adding Neal Tapio, probably Jim Bolin, and others.
Word on the street is that State Senator Brock Greenfield has his eye on Gary Cammack’s position as President Pro Tempore. Given the harder line conservatism of the senate, it remains to be seen if Jim White will return as Assistant Majority Leader, or move up to Brown’s position. The composition of whips may change as well.
Senate Leadership will likely be a very fluid thing over the course of the year. I would not be shocked to see newcomers to the Senate such as Jim Bolin or former GOP ED Lance Russell in the leadership mix somewhere.
But, we shall see.
The House is going to be more of a steady state, with the ascension of Mark Mickelson from Speaker Pro Tempore to Speaker of the House. Steve Westra may be the natural choice to move up to majority leader from assistant, but there will be a lot of new faces, so nothing is guaranteed.
Larry Rhoden who will be returning to the House, and who was formerly in Leadership may find himself called on to take a role in filling a vacancy.
But, I don’t know that I would expect as much of a shakeup as they’ll experience in the Senate.