New Legislative Leaders Formally Elected

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Speaker and Senate majority leader chosen.

The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

The House has elected Republican Rep. Jase Bolger of Marshall as the new speaker.

The vote came as new and returning Michigan lawmakers met at the state Capitol for swearing-in ceremonies.

The 2011-12 Legislature is assembling for the first time Wednesday. Individual lawmakers are taking the oath of office.

GOP Sen. Randy Richardville of Monroe is the new Senate majority leader.

Most lawmakers are new. The turnover was caused partly by the state's term limits law and partly by a strong GOP showing in last year's elections.

Republicans built on their advantage in the Senate and grabbed control of House from Democrats.

The state's budget problems are likely to preoccupy lawmakers for months. State fiscal analysts are scheduled to make an official estimate of state tax revenues on Friday.

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