Republicans select minority leader for state Senate

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) -- State Sen. Tommy Norment will lead Republicans as they prepare to operate in the minority in the Virginia state Senate.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the James City Republican was re-elected Thursday.

Norment was first elected to the Senate in 1992.

He said in a statement that Republican leaders in the Statehouse will be “standing up for the Virginians who sent us here to be their voice and to represent their values.”

Following November’s elections, Democrats will control power in the Senate with a slim majority of 21 seats to 19 seats.

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